Information economy or the other words, knowledge economy is vey hot in the last two years in China though a lot of people still have no clear idear about this conception. American economic structure’s change gives us a good example. In my personal opinion that the most part in the world still keep in the production economy, however they also make a change to adapt new information economy.
When we talk about the information economy, we couldn’t pass the information technology revolution. It is the material basis for the information economy. Through the advance technology,the capital ,the information, the market and the lad can be connected making a global one.
Also we shall realize that old society’s attemp to retool itself by using the power of technology to derve the technology of power.
The main charcterof the information economy is that the productivity is based on the capacity to generate,process, and apply efficiently knowledge-based information. The information itself to become the product of the production process. First the pure manufacturing is slowing dwn in the whole economy. It will not be vanished, but is increasing throughpartly hidden avenues, in expanding circles. Technology,and management of technology involving organizational change, could be diffusing from information technologymanufacturing ,telecommunications,and finanical services into manufacturing ,then to business service.
Obviousely, the services industry in U.S or other G-7 cuntries, such as telecommunications, air transportantion, increase very fast The dynamics of the economy growth is not the engery but the information and knowledge based technology. In this process, the state act as an important role. Since the mid-1980s states all over the world have also engaged in deregulating markets and privatizing public companies. At the same time, states make technological and educational policies in order to improving the power of country’s competition. Actually , we can expect the information economy bring us a new way to organize the world’s economy structure.
How has the third world been effected?
Since the economy became informational and global, every country should adjust the organization to fit for the trend. How has the third world been effected in new economy? On the one hand, the unbalance is still serious. If add to the OECD the four newly industrialized countries of Asia, in 1988 the three major economic regions respresented 72.8% of the world?s manufacturing production, and in 2000, their share still amount to 69.5%, while the population of these three region is only 15.7% of the world population.
The concentration of the resources is even greater at the core of the system. In 1990 the G-7 countries account for 90.5% of high?technology manufacturing in the world, and were holding 80.4%percent of global computer power. The differential in human resources is critical: while the world avarge of scientific and technical manpower in 1985 was 23,442 per million population, the actual figure for developing countries was 8,263; for developed countries, 70,452; and for North America, 126,200, that is more than 15 times the level of developing countries. As for R;d expenditures, while North America accounted for 42.8% of the world?s total in 1990, Latin America and Africa together represented less than 1% of the same total.
On the other hand, the information economy give a chance to the third worlk to try to different developing styles. The author give a high value to the model of the East Asia. The developmed Asia is become a main manufacture region in the world by 2000. Furthermore the importance of this manufacture is in electronic ,the critical sector for the information economy, and may also take the lead in autombile manufacturing.
The other important power is Chinese circule. In this area , they experience one of the largest waves of industrialization. Since this book is written 4 years ago, things changed a lot now. The developing model of Asia is also proved his disadvantage. The Finaincal Crisis in south-east Asia hit the Asia so strongly that every Asia country has to check their organization again.
Latin America gave us another example. In this area, they tried three different economy models,but non of them seems very successiful. The first was based on export of raw material and agricultural production; the second was based on import-substitution industrialization, The third was based on an outward development strategy. Though they seemed to be worked in some period, but the first deteriorated in the 1960s,the second was exhausted by the end of the 1970s,and the third failed by 1980s, leaving the 1990s as a critical period of restructuring in the relationship of the Latin America to the new, global economy.
The failture is artributed to two facts. The structure ;What the growth of manufacturing exports was concentrated in primary resource-based products and food industries, while science-based products and specialize-supplierproducts is too limited. It just because the disablity of high-technology. That is the inportant aspect of the information economy. So decreasing technology capacity afected negatively the whole productive structure,undermining productvity and competitiveness in strategic sectors.The other fact is the gap in the North and South.I means the education, the ablity of high technology distribuation , the skill of the work lab,etc seems more important in information economy age than before.What they should do is restructure , open up new market and stimulate technological diffusion.
Afican sutiation is more serious. Though it has some inprovenment in the last years, the conditions of competitives in the new informational ,global economy were too far away from what could be accomplished in the short term by rather primitive economies. But the author still give us a hopeful look at this continent.The most hopeful prospects for future development in Afric comes from the potential role that could be played by the new, democratic, blcak-majority South Africa, with strong economic and technological linkages to the global economy. It can also lead his neighbores.
What does the network society mean?
I thinkthe basic meaning is from the technology. new telecommunication networks; new, powerful desktop computers; new,adaptive,self-evolving software; new, mobile communication devices that extend on-line linkages to any space at any time; new workers and managers, connected to each other around tasks and performance, able to speak the same language, the digital language.
But first of all the network is business networks, or on other words, the informational and global economy. For the first time in history ,the basic unit of economic organization is not a subject, be it individual or collective. The unit is the network, made up of a variety of subjects and organizations, underdifferent forms, in different contexts,and from different cultural expressions.
Family based networks in Chinese societies and Northern Italy: entrepreneurial networks emerging from technological seedbeds in the milieux of innovation, as in Silicon Valley; hierarchical, communal networks of the Japanese keiretsu type; organizational networks of decentralized corporate units from former vertically integrated corporation forced to adapt to the realities time, and cross-border networks resulting from strategic alliances between firms.
I think when we say somthing about the networks soceity, we should pay more attention to the global economy. The technology made it possible that economy become global and informational. Then the global economy connect the different part of the world like a big net. They cooperate in global degree and also competition in global degree. That force constant redefinitons of products, processes,markets and economic inputs, including capital and information.
The rise of the networks society is also means the change of the society and culture, because changes in relationships of production ,power,and experience coverge toward the transformation of material foundations of the society life,space,and time. Under the informational paradigm, a new culture has emerged from the superseding of places and the annihilation of timeby the space of flows and by timeless time: the culture of real virluality.