- Center for Global Business and Information Technology

Center for Global Business and Information Technology Research

Interim Research Center Chair: Rodney Luster
The Center for Global Business and Information Technology Research (CGBITR) will be under construction for the first half of the 2019 year. We are excited to be reorganizing our centers soon for a new look, new content, as well as some much needed changes to the research hub that reflect our evolution within our research centers. The CGBITR's focus will be integrated into a new and evolving dynamic center. Please be patient as we move through the much needed changes for the year. We are looking forward to a more cohesive and dynamically robust set of centers in the very near future.
We are in the Digital Economy. Digitization has changed the way we communicate (e,g., one-way vs. two-way, synchrnous vs. asynchronous) and deal with information (e.g., abundance vs. scarcity). Digitalization (i.e., leveraging digital technologies) has changed the way we live and work. With the onset of service-dominant logic of all businesses, coupled with the reality of a shared economy and a gig economy, businesses need to rethink how to connect with their customers or users.  We need to view businesses as multi-sided platforms or matchmakers.  In the digital economy, businesses are to co-create value with their customers.
With digital technology as the backbone and digital economy as an overall theme, this Center researches on macroeconomic issues, financial markets, governments, public policies, international business, marketing, and information systems around the world including the United States.     

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Center is to empower its members in their research capability and productivity.
The Center applies the University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies practitioner-scholar model with special emphasis on digital economy research.
The Center aims to conduct research with both internal and external stakeholders.
In the longer term, the vision of the Center is to generate research that adds value to communities around the world.

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Center is to enable members to start or expand their research portfolios that lead to publications. 
The goal of the Center is to assist each member to engage in productive research.

Recent Blogs

Digitization, Digitalization, and Sustainability

I find it incredibly exciting that this year’s KWBA Annual Symposium will be conducted online.

Local and Global Politics in Economic Development

Colonialism, Regime change, Social Movement, Sovereinty Change, Revolution, War, and many political happenings impact how we do business. In particular, for small and medium sized businesses, the role of local and global politics is important also.  Since political happenings at both the local and global levels are not static, it is important to investigate the dynamic changes occurring in local or global politics that shape the development (progress, stagnant, or regress) of entrepreneurial ecosystems in any place, be it a city, a region, or a country.  Major political happenings include regime change (e.g., Iran), sovereignty change (e.g., Hong Kong), war (e.g., Lebanon), social movement (e.g., Arab Spring), new nation formation (e.g., Serbia), and many others.  While happening locally, these political changes are directly or indirectly impacted by external forces beyond a nation’s political decisions and control.  Research on economic development,  in particular entrepreneurial ecosystems, focuses mainly on the internal workings of a place within the boundaries of its institutions and its agents.  As we know, institutions, both formal and informal, are not static.  In fact, the primary antecedent relative to the dynamics of institutions and their changes are political happenings.  An example that supports our positioning is the recent re-birth of entrepreneurial activities in many Eastern European countries following the collapse of the Soviet Union where communism had politicized economic life. There is a need for researchers to expand their investigation beyond static institutions to find new concepts for explaining and understanding the influence of macro and dynamic political happenings at home and abroad in the formation of any entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Research Agenda

Recent research in entrepreneurial ecosystems views entrepreneurs as the main actors within the systems of institutions and infrastructures.   Focusing on the digital economy, this Center is interested in investigating how digitalization, i.e., leveraging the use of Internet technologies, has enabled entrepreneurs to operate beyond endowment of factors within a region.  We are interested in understanding how entrepreneurs in regions faced with depopulation, e.g., inner cities, or unfavourable endowment of factors can leverage the use of digital technologies and their digital infrastructures to start, grow, and sustain their businesses.  First, access to Internet is a requirement to become a participant in the digital economy.  Second, digital skills are essential to leverage digital technologies to engage in entrepreneurship in digital business.  Third, governance of digital ecosystem impacts entrepreneurs’ ability to compete in the digital economy.  Do regions faced with depopulation or unfavourable endowment of factors also fall behind in these three dimensions?  


Areas Of Research Interest

Digitization Public Policy Quality of Life Information System Finance

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