Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D Initiatives. / Scur, Fernanda.

2017. 323 p.

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Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D Initiatives. / Scur, Fernanda.

2017. 323 p.

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Scur, F 2017, 'Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D Initiatives', Ph.D., Royal Holloway, University of London.

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title = "Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D Initiatives",
abstract = "This research examines the communication processes operating within social networks in the context of Brazilian Initiatives focusing on Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Conceptually, the thesis explores three bodies of literature in the Brazilian context: development theory, digital ICT in development practices, and partnership collaboration. It draws on this literature to build a framework to understand the processes involved at the intersection of these three areas, particularly drawing on concepts borrowed from systems (Bateson, 1979; Maturana and Varela, 1992; Luhmann, 1996; Capra and Luisi, 2014) and complex network theories (Granovetter, 1973; Watts and Strogatz, 1998; Barab{\'a}si, 2003; Benkler, 2006).The main question that the thesis seeks to answer is: What role do individual actions play in forwarding or hindering effective collaboration at the unfolding network interaction patterns of ICT4D initiatives?Through an explicitly systemic and participatory approach, the thesis focuses on the on-going dialogue among partners in the organizations in which I worked, as well as their interpretation of these processes, through qualitative methods including participant observation, focus-group discussions and individual semi-structured interviews. Proxys for data collection and analysis were derived mainly from three aspects: (1) the network topologies; (2) the communication level; and (3) knowledge production and exchange. This research contributes empirically to discussions on the use of systemic approaches and social network mapping methodologies applied to ICT4D partnerships. It concludes by testing such approaches in practice through the suggestion of an adaptable framework for effective collaborative action. This framework accounts for the diversity of contexts and also the small amount of time that ICT4D initiatives usually make available to discuss their partnership mechanisms. The hope is that this will empower practitioners, researchers and decision-makers with knowledge around the emergent networks of the initiatives into which they are inserted, so as to harness their creative potential towards project{\textquoteright}s successful outcomes.",
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T1 - Network Interaction Patterns within Brazilian ICT4D Initiatives

AU - Scur, Fernanda

PY - 2017

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N2 - This research examines the communication processes operating within social networks in the context of Brazilian Initiatives focusing on Information and Communication Technologies for Development. Conceptually, the thesis explores three bodies of literature in the Brazilian context: development theory, digital ICT in development practices, and partnership collaboration. It draws on this literature to build a framework to understand the processes involved at the intersection of these three areas, particularly drawing on concepts borrowed from systems (Bateson, 1979; Maturana and Varela, 1992; Luhmann, 1996; Capra and Luisi, 2014) and complex network theories (Granovetter, 1973; Watts and Strogatz, 1998; Barabási, 2003; Benkler, 2006).The main question that the thesis seeks to answer is: What role do individual actions play in forwarding or hindering effective collaboration at the unfolding network interaction patterns of ICT4D initiatives?Through an explicitly systemic and participatory approach, the thesis focuses on the on-going dialogue among partners in the organizations in which I worked, as well as their interpretation of these processes, through qualitative methods including participant observation, focus-group discussions and individual semi-structured interviews. Proxys for data collection and analysis were derived mainly from three aspects: (1) the network topologies; (2) the communication level; and (3) knowledge production and exchange. This research contributes empirically to discussions on the use of systemic approaches and social network mapping methodologies applied to ICT4D partnerships. It concludes by testing such approaches in practice through the suggestion of an adaptable framework for effective collaborative action. This framework accounts for the diversity of contexts and also the small amount of time that ICT4D initiatives usually make available to discuss their partnership mechanisms. The hope is that this will empower practitioners, researchers and decision-makers with knowledge around the emergent networks of the initiatives into which they are inserted, so as to harness their creative potential towards project’s successful outcomes.

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KW - Fernanda Scur

KW - Royal Holloway University of London

KW - Royal Holloway

KW - ICT

KW - ICT for Development

KW - ICT in Knowledge Management

KW - ICTD

KW - ICT4D

KW - Systems

KW - Systems Thinking

KW - systems methodologies

KW - Network Theory

KW - network organizations

KW - Networks

KW - Brazil

KW - communication

KW - communications research

KW - PARTNERSHIPS

KW - Information and communication technology;

KW - COMPLEX NETWORKS

KW - Collaborative learning

KW - collaboration

KW - effective collaboration

KW - action research

KW - qualitative research

KW - Qualitative methods

KW - network topology

KW - Knowledge management

KW - knowledge production

KW - Knowledge sharing

KW - knowledge transfer

KW - social network analysis

KW - SNA

KW - social networks

KW - ICT4D Partnerships

KW - multistakeholder partnerships

KW - collaborative action

KW - Decision Making

KW - Leadership

M3 - Doctoral Thesis

ER -