Technology Innovation Leadership in Development: A ‘Middle East’ (West Asia) Perspective

Giselle Rampersad (Editor)
School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Fay Patel (Editor)
Director of Education Management, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia

Series: Business, Technology and Finance
BISAC: SOC042000

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“Middle East” (West Asia) perspectives on technology innovation leadership bring new voices to the technology innovation discourse in international development. The approaches of technology innovation leaders in this collection demonstrate commitment to building sustainable futures among the communities in which the authors live. There is a scarcity of technology innovation perspectives from within “Middle East” (West Asia) perspectives and the initiatives and endeavors of the innovation leaders in this book have global appeal. Other developing community innovators are inspired to compete globally as they explore future oriented sustainable innovation solutions that are context specific. Innovation and technology leadership in areas such as e-government and e-commerce are national priorities for countries such as Saudi Arabia.

While there is a dense literature available on innovation diffusion in other developing community contexts (for example South Asia, the Asia Pacific region, Africa and Latin America), this book fills the gaps in the literature on “Middle East” (West Asia) perspectives on innovation technology diffusion in developing community contexts.

The book emphasizes the unique leadership perspectives and approaches of pioneers who boldly embrace “e-solutions” in government, commerce, education and environment. “Solutions” refers to the increasing use of multiple new communication technologies to innovate and produce meaningful change within developing communities. Contributors to this book respond to specific grassroots issues through a critical examination and investigation of key research questions from the perspective of developing communities who are committed to building sustainable futures. In unique and creative ways, they respond to the needs of communities that they know well and who are part of their lived realities. It will also inspire other developing communities to aspire to their highest potential in seeking creative solutions. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword
Dr. Omar Abdullah Nasseef

Preface

Chapter 1 -21ST Century Sustainable Innovation Diffusion: Enabling Innovation Leaders and Developing Communities as Catalysts for Change (pp. 1-16)
Fay Patel (Deakin University, Australia)

Chapter 2 - Ready or Not? Are Saudi Arabian Organizations Ready for e-Government? (pp. 17-34)
Ibrahim Alghamdi (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 3 - Improving e-Government Performance through Enterprise Architecture (pp. 35-58)
M. Ali Hanafiah and Robert Goodwin (Flinders University, Australia)

Chapter 4 - Green Gems: Leading Clean Technology Innovation Networks (pp. 59-78)
Karl Fradley and Giselle Rampersad (Environmental Protection Authority, Government of South Australia, Australia and others)

Chapter 5 - The Impact of Using Social Networking Sites (SNS) in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) compared to Large Enterprises (pp. 79-92)
Rowa Barashi

Chapter 6 - Adoption of e-Commerce Services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (pp. 93-116)
Abdullah Saleh Alqahtani, Robert Goodwin and Denise de Vries (Flinders University, Australia)

Chapter 7 - The Internet of Everything: Assessing Its Impact on Business and Community (pp. 117-132)
Giselle Rampersad (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 8 Evaluating the Success of ICT in SMEs in Developing Countries (pp. 133-164)
Amal Alshardan, Robert Goodwin and Giselle Rampersad (Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia)

Chapter 9 - Advocating a Holistic Framework for Innovation Leadership as a Social Responsibility Imperative (pp. 165-178)
Fay Patel (Deakin University, Australia)

Chapter 10 - Digital Innovation Strategies for Developing Communities in the New Century (pp. 179-188)
Giselle Rampersad and Fay Patel (Flinders University and Deakin University, Australia)

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