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Technological Change in the Information Age: A Socioeconomic Framework of High-Tech States in the U.S.

Technological Change in the Information Age: A Socioeconomic Framework of High-Tech States in the U.S.
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Author(s): Rasool Azari (University of Redlands, USA)and James B. Pick (University of Redlands, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch014
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


This paper examines the technological level of fifty-eight technologically advanced counties in high-tech states in the United States in 1997. The conceptual framework is that selected socioeconomic dimensions influence the level of technological development for advanced communities; i.e., technology does not develop by itself but in concert with pre-disposing characteristics of the environment. The influence of socioeconomic factors was studied through correlation and regression analysis. The findings reveal that for each of the three high-tech subsectors selected for this study, receipts and payrolls are inter-correlated. The receipts and payrolls are correlated between the Information Systems/Data Processing (IS/DP) and Broadcasting/Telecommunications (B/T) subsectors. Regression findings show distinctive influences for each of the three categories. For instance, receipts and payrolls for IS/DP are associated with median family income, per capita number of service employees, and per capita federal grant funds. Those for B/T are associated with population growth and per capita number of service employees; those for Motion Picture/Sound Recording (MP/SR) are related to the percentage of the Latino population and per capita college graduates. Taken together the results highlight the role of IT and its interrelationships with socioeconomic factors. The main source of data is the U.S. Census.

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