Government has an imperative role in the diffusion of technology. In this paper we outline how this role is fulfilled utilising a theoretical perspective. The stakeholder theory analysis and the framework regarding innovation that has been developed by King et al support the theoretical view. The empirical evidence has been provided by the experiences of research that was conducted by observing, interviews and referring to archival documents upon a visit to country that is well ahead in its time in broadband diffusion and deployment. A total of 10 organisations that included facilities service providers, content providers, research institutions, think tanks and government departments were visited and intense 2 hours of interviews were undertaken. The conclusions to be drawn are initially that stakeholder analysis is particularly beneficial in identifying the levels of communities that will be affected by the deployment of broadband. Second, a government vision that can be supported and also carried forward by all the members of the country is particularly essential. There are other various factors also identified and described within this paper, but the one that stands out utmost is the government vision and its persuading powers.
Choudrie, Jyoti; Papazafeueioulou, Anastasia; and Lee, Heejin, "Applying Stakeholder Theory to Analyze the Diffusion of Broadband in South Korea: The Importance of the Government's Role" (2003). ECIS 2003 Proceedings. 46.