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Why Information Should Influence Productivity


Nathaniel Bulkley


University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information

Marshall W. Van Alstyne


Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School

March 18, 2004

MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4680-08

Abstract:     
After offering a brief historical overview, this article presents a broad set of hypotheses in an effort to connect information to productivity. There are three contributions from this work. First, it distills observations from a diverse literature as prelude to exploring these theories empirically. Second, it applies two concrete models of information value, relating them to the economic definition of productivity, while considering how network structure influences information flow. Third, examples from an ongoing empirical study illustrate each hypothesis to give it practical significance. Interested readers may also test precise interpretations of these theories in an online simulation environment of networked societies.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 30

Keywords: information technology, productivity, information economics, social networks, search

JEL Classification: D24, D8, L23, L86, M10

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Date posted: January 24, 2008 ; Last revised: October 28, 2008

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Bulkley, Nathaniel and Van Alstyne, Marshall W., Why Information Should Influence Productivity (March 18, 2004). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4680-08. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=518242 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.518242

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Nathaniel Bulkley
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - School of Information ( email )
304 West Hall
550 East University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1092
United States
Marshall W. Van Alstyne (Contact Author)
Boston University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )
595 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
United States
617-358-3571 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://smgapps.bu.edu/mgmt_new/profiles/VanAlstyneMarshall.html
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School ( email )
Center for Digital Business
5 Cambridge Center - NE25, 7th Floor
Cambridge, MA 02142
United States
617-253-0768 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://web.mit.edu/marshall/www/home.html
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