Don Lamberton was one of the first scholars to recognise the need for information to be taken seriously, he has spent much of his career persuading others. Focusing on his contribution, this volume explores the struggle for recognition of a way of thinking which is fundamental to our understanding of the social and economic role of information. Each of the thirty authors, prominent in information economics and related fields have written a contribution especially for this volume. Vital issues, central to Lamberton's concerns and often ignored in euphoric approaches to information - the plight of the information poor, the poverty of information policy, the future of universal service, quality of employment, organisational and market failure to effect information transactions, the role of information in economic development, problems of codifying, classifying and managing information, the limitations of information systems - are emphasised throughout. The whole encapsulates the vast progress which has been made, not just in academic thinking about information, but in the part this thinking now plays in corporate strategy and government policy.The volume is both an affectionate account of Don Lamberton's contribution to the understanding of information, and also the most comprehensive and authoritative of collections on the social and economic significance of information.
Twenty-eight papers, honoring Don M. Lamberton of the Research School of Social Sciences at Australian National University, address the economics of information and organization. Papers focus on the work of Don Lamberton; information, the economy and society; knowledge and innovation; organizations and markets; telecommunications policy and economic development; and internationalization and information. Journal of Economic Literature The most striking feature of this volume is indeed the diversity of subject domain that the themes of information problems in economics encompass. ...This is a very interesting and high quality book, each chapter self-contained by reference and thoroughly indexed. Economic Analysis & Policy
Abbreviated Contents: Perspectives on D.M. Lamberton. A questioning career (S. Macdonald, J. Nightingale). Select bibliography (D.M. Lamberton). Lamberton's road to cognitive economics (G. Paquet). Information, Economy and Society. Data, information, and inadvertent disinformation (G. Rosegger). Power, politics and public administration (J. Marceau). Designing institutions in the information society (P. Drahos). Knowledge and Innovation. Codified knowledge and innovation: a model (T. Mandeville). On the informational structure and functioning of Japanese organisations - a comparison with western organisations. (H. Oniki). Sisyphus at his exercise: the Internet and consumer-business relations in the US (R.Widdows, K.L. Widdows). Organisations and Markets. The organisational impact of knowledge (B. Martin). Communication, information technology and firm performance (G. Eliasson). Price behaviour within segments of the medical profession in Australia (D.P. Doessel). Telecommunications Policy and Economic Development. Telecommunications policy and the rhetoric of economics (R.A. Joseph). Electronic communications in African development: tracking their impact (M. Menou). The information infrastructure and economic development: how far have we come? Internationalisation and Information. Information and knowledge in the study of internationalisation (L.S. Welch). International knowledge spillovers, absorptive capacity and productivity in OECD countries (H-J. Englebrecht). Globalisation and macroeconomic volatility (N.D. Karunaratne). Author index. Subject index.