Overcoming development adversity: how entrepreneurs led software development in India

Athreye, Suma and Hobday, Michael (2010) Overcoming development adversity: how entrepreneurs led software development in India International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 3 (1). pp. 36-46. ISSN 1753-1942

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Abstract

In many developing countries, firms confront a highly adverse business environment. In these cases, development 'should not' occur and observers tend to recommend government policy reform. The World Bank ranks India 116th out of 155 countries according to the ease of 'doing business'. Indian managers spend a great deal of their time dealing with government regulations and bureaucracy. However, despite these difficulties there has been an explosion of technology-based entrepreneurship in India's software and IT industries. In theory, the Indian software industry 'should not' have developed in the way it did. This paper shows how Indian software entrepreneurs overcame institutional barriers to development and how they themselves initiated institutional change, despite Government's restrictive policies. Contrary to conventional wisdom, Indian software firms were able to circumvent government imposed restrictions to growth and lead institutional reform in India. If India's entrepreneurs can do it perhaps others can too.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: International Journal of Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 3/2010 http://www.inderscience.com/offer.php?id=31052 © Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Software development; Entrepreneurship; Bureaucracy; Innovation; India; Developing countries; Government regulations; Institutional barriers; Institutional reform; Software industry; Innovation; CENTRIM
Subjects: G000 Computing and Mathematical Sciences > G600 Software Engineering
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1504/IJTLID.2010.031052
Faculties: Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
Depositing User: editor centrim
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/7025

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