Title: National e-readiness: an evaluation model

Authors: Tony Feghali, Rita Sahyoun, Nader Gemayel

Addresses: Information Management and Decision Systems, Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. ' Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon. ' Department of Economics, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon

Abstract: How does one measure if, and how, a country is becoming |e-ready|? This paper examines definitions of e-readiness and evaluates existing e-readiness models and the related assessment tools. This research proposes a model to evaluate the e-readiness of a nation based on four categories: access, society, economy and policy. The ASEP model of e-readiness suggests a methodology that reaches a geometric visualisation of the state of e-readiness within, and across, countries. The ASEP model is built on 103 indicators collected from various e-readiness tools and models. Indicators are quantified to calculate an overall e-readiness index for a country. The paper concludes with recommendations for using the ASEP model in future research.

Keywords: ICT; information technology; communications technology; e-readiness assessment; digital divide; development; e-ready countries.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2009.027266

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2009 Vol.7 No.4, pp.371 - 391

Published online: 19 Jul 2009 *

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