Mobility

Linking the New Digital Divide: A Curriculum Focus for Mobile Independent Business Units

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Executive Summary

A thorough literature review forms a picture of near full adoption of m-ICT around the world. The rush of business computing toward mobile Information and Communication Technology (m-ICT) is forcing a reconceptualization of knowledge workers as independent business units (Malone & Laubacher, 1998). That picture also reveals that m-ICT as a business tool is poorly understood by both end users and academia. In business specific education there is little attention being given to how to incorporate these sweeping changes. Incorporation of a mobile technology focused curriculum into four-year business curriculums can bridge this rapidly increasing skills gap - the new digital divide - between professionals who can effectively and efficiently use m-ICT and those who cannot.

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