Factors influencing ireland's software industry: Lessons for economic development through IT

Ciara Heavin, Brian Fitzgerald, Eileen M. Trauth

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Abstract

Although the Irish software industry has been in existence since the late 1960s, in the last ten years it has become an enonnous success story and, by some estimates, is the largest exporter of software in the world. In this study, we derive a conceptual framework with which to investigate the emergence and evolution of the Irish software industry. In this framework endogenous factors - national, enterprise and individual - are examined against a backdrop of exogenous factors to explain Ireland's success in the software industry. Two important themes emerged from the study. One is the shift towards a risktaking, entrepreneurial spirit in the software sector that had historically been absent in Ireland. The other is the long-standing government policy of intervention in the software sector, which became increasingly more focused throughout the 1990s. The framework and the lessons from the study should prove useful to researching other countries who are seeking to learn lessons from the Irish experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOrganizational Information Systems in the Context of Globalization - IFIP TC8 and TC9/WG8.2 and WG9.4 Working Conf. on Information Systems Perspectives and Challenges in the Context of Globalization
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Pages235-252
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781475761092
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
EventIFIP TC8 and TC9/WG8.2 and WG9.4 Working Conference on Information Systems Perspectives and Challenges in the Context of Globalization - Athens, Greece
Duration: Jun 15 2003Jun 17 2003

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume126
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Other

OtherIFIP TC8 and TC9/WG8.2 and WG9.4 Working Conference on Information Systems Perspectives and Challenges in the Context of Globalization
CountryGreece
CityAthens
Period6/15/036/17/03

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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    Heavin, C., Fitzgerald, B., & Trauth, E. M. (2003). Factors influencing ireland's software industry: Lessons for economic development through IT. In Organizational Information Systems in the Context of Globalization - IFIP TC8 and TC9/WG8.2 and WG9.4 Working Conf. on Information Systems Perspectives and Challenges in the Context of Globalization (pp. 235-252). (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 126). Springer New York LLC. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-35695-2