This paper explores the origins of the electronics and software sector, now called the Information Communications and Technology (ICT) Sector in the Republic of Ireland and its subsequent development from 1960 to 2010 inclusive. The research sought to identify key developments that influenced the emergence of the sector. For the purposes of this study, the ICT sector is defined as the foreign-owned and indigenous firms actively involved in the production, design and/or servicing of hardware and software electronic products within the Republic of Ireland. Empirical evidence in the form of 15 semi-structured interviews was analysed and validated by three respondents as well as one external ICT expert. Two key drivers found in the data were the development of a capable managerial cohort and a spinoff mechanism.
Davis, Sarah and Kenny, Breda
"Drivers of Early Technology Sector Development in Ireland,"
Irish Business Journal: Vol. 11:
1, Article 2.
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