Globalization and the Digital Divide - Study Guide
Globalization and the Digital Divide - Study Guide

Globalization and the Digital Divide - Study Guide

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A study guide on globalization and how it affects the digital divide.

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Globalization and the Digital Divide - Study Guide

​Learning Objectives

  • ​Explain the concept of globalization
  • Describe the role of information technology in globalization
  • Identify the issues experienced by firms as they face a global economy
  • Define the digital divide and explain Nielsen’s three stages of the digital divide

What does the term globalization mean?


How does Friedman define the three eras of globalization?


Which technologies have had the biggest effect on globalization?


What are some of the advantages brought about by globalization?


What are the challenges of globalization?


What does the term digital divide mean?


What are Jakob Nielsen’s three stages of the digital divide?


What was one of the key points of The Rise of the Network Society?


Which country has the highest average Internet speed? How does your country compare?


What is the OLPC project? Has it been successful?


Compare the concept of Friedman’s “Globalization 3.0” with Nielsen empowerment stage of the digital divide.


Do some original research to determine some of the regulations that a US company may have to consider before doing business in one of the following countries: China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Turkey.


Go to to determine your Internet speed. Compare your speed at home to the Internet speed at two other locations, such as your school, place of employment, or local coffee shop. Write up a summary that compares these locations.


Give one example of the digital divide and describe what you would do to address it.


How did the research conducted by Paul Kim address the three levels of the digital divide?

​Information Systems for Business and Beyond © 2014 David T. Bourgeois, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license made possible by funding from The Saylor Foundation’s Open Textbook Challenge.

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