Title page for ETD etd-05222007-091331

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Kavanaugh, Andrea L.
URN etd-05222007-091331
Title The role of institutional autonomy in telecommunications planning and development : a comparative case study
Degree PhD
Department Environmental Design and Planning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ventro, Francis T. Committee Chair
Bostian, Charles W. Committee Member
Goodsell, Charles T. Committee Member
Knox, Paul L. Committee Member
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Member
Wellenius, Bjorn Committee Member
  • Telecommunication policy Africa
  • North.
  • Telecommunication policy
  • Case studies
  • Developing countries
  • Developing countries
  • Telecommunication
  • Case
  • Telecommunication Africa
  • North.
Date of Defense 1990-12-01
Availability unrestricted
This is a comparative case study of the relationship between telecommunications decision-making and sector development. It employs a resource dependence model of organizational decision making (Pfeffer and Salancik 1978; Cohen, Grindle and Walker 1985) to explain the development of voice communications (telephony) in North Africa (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia) from the early 1970s to late 1980s. The study finds that the autonomy of the telecommunication operating entity from domestic political organizations (for financial resources) and from technological organizations (for equipment and services) is associated with the supply and quality of telephone services. Dependence on external financial and technological organizations influences the decisions of the telecommunications operating entity in terms of the levels and priorities of investment, the level and role of technical expertise and choices of technology.
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