Bridging ICTD research and policy-making: notes from a systematic review on MSMEs in the low- and middle-income countries

Ilavarasan, Vigneswara P., (2017). Bridging ICTD research and policy-making: notes from a systematic review on MSMEs in the low- and middle-income countries. Information Technology for Development, 23(1), 1-11

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    Author Ilavarasan, Vigneswara P.
    Title Bridging ICTD research and policy-making: notes from a systematic review on MSMEs in the low- and middle-income countries
    Appearing in Information Technology for Development
    Volume 23
    Issue No. 1
    Publication Date 2017-04-19
    Place of Publication Abingdon
    Publisher Routledge, Taylor and Francis
    Start page 1
    End page 11
    Language eng
    Abstract There is criticism that information and communication technology and development research community contributes less to policy-making. The present article shares an attempt to fill this gap. Systematic review is a structured way to collate, review, summarize, and use the published research for policy-making. A systematic review on the impact of information and communication technologies on the growth of urban micro, small, and medium enterprises in the low- and middle-income countries indicates a tiny impact and a lack of rigorous causal studies in this focus area. Quantitative meta-analysis did not find statistical significance for the impact. From an initial result of 24,000 plus hits, a set of 10 research studies were finalized for data extraction and analysis. The article suggests areas for future research and calls for rigorous research and reporting.
    Keyword Systematic review
    MSMEs
    ICTs
    ICTD
    Meta-analysis
    Business growth
    Internal efficiency
    Copyright Holder Commonwealth Secretariat
    Copyright Year 2017
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
    ISSN 02681102
    DOI 10.1080/02681102.2017.1315355
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