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The Global Internet Economy [Hardcover]

Bruce Kogut

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11 Feb 2003
By 2002, all but a handful of countries were connected to the Internet. The intertwining of the Internet and the globalization of finance, corporate governance, and trade raises questions about national models of technology development and property rights. The sudden ability of hundreds of millions of users to gain access to a global communication infrastructure spurred the creation of new firms and economic opportunities. The Internet challenged existing institutions and powerful interests: Technology was global, but its economic and business development was molded in the context of prevailing national institutions.Comparing the experiences of seven countries -- France, Germany, India, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, and the United States -- this book analyzes the rise of the Internet and its impact on changing national institutions. Each country chapter describes how the Internet developed, evaluates the extent to which the Silicon Valley model was adopted, and suggests why certain sectors and technologies developed faster than others. The book also analyzes specific Internet sectors and regulations across countries. It shows that the Internet's effects are more evolutionary than revolutionary. At the same time, the impact of broad cultural change on entrepreneurial aspirations is clearly visible in certain nations, especially India and Sweden.

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"I am confident this book will become a truly important reference point in the years to come." Prescott C. Ensign Administrative Science Quarterly

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Bruce Kogut is Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics and Director of the Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia University. He is the author or editor of six books, including The Global Internet Economy (MIT Press, 2003) and Knowledge, Options, and Institutions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A rear-mirror view of the Internet Economy 2 Jun 2003
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This is an excellent history of the Internet Economy and as such highly recommended. Without no doubt one of the best history books available.
The book is somewhat difficult to evaluate because the topics covered are so broad. The book describes how things did happen. But it does not try to predict or construct the future. It must be compared to Moschella's Customer Driven IT which identifies the challenges of the innovation system and draws a different scenario.
The deregulation and disintegration of the hierarchical telecommunications industry to free market based structure is described in this book as in some others. When the e-commerce did not catch up to the degree originally expected, Internet is paradoxically heralded as a remarkable social success, with rapid global penetration, but largely a business failure (Kogut, page 438). But this claim - like a typical market research - focuses on revenue generation and reintermediation, and does not recognize the intermediate form between hierarchy and market, the networked process and related disintermediation. In The Global Internet Economy, this comes as some kind of an afterthought:
"A primary effect of the Internet has been to render the back-office operations, such as customer service, more efficiently. These activities were not captured in the definitions of B2B and B2C but may in fact constitute the bulk of the explanation for the increase in productivity observed in the 1990s" (Kogut, page 443).
From consumer perspective, Internet may substitute or streamline many key everyday processes, such as going to library, or to look at prices in the shops, or buying tickets or paying bills. It is this convenience value is undervalued in Internet productivity statistics (Kogut, page 459).
This is the third phase in the formation process of an industry. In the first, pre-commercial and early commercial phases government and universities played vital roles. In the second phase, venture capital (with the ease of exit provided by new technology-oriented stock exchanges) was the midwife for creation of the industry, and in the third phase large firms were able to integrate the techniques into their technological toolkit (Kenney, pages 69-70).
"The U.S. institution of venture capital played a central role in the rapid formation of new dedicated Internet firms that were established to define and occupy the new economic space" (Kenney, page 70). Almost 90 % of venture capital in the latter half of the 1990s vent to Internet-related companies (Kogut, page 446).
As a summary, this book is about history. Now when we are in that "third phase" we need scenarios and roadmaps for the future, but the book does not try to synthesize these.
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