India's software industry: state policy, liberalisation, and industrial development

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Sage Publications, Jun 17, 1996 - Business & Economics - 428 pages
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"Richard Heeks makes it amply clear that the success India's software industry brags about is anything but reality. Yes, India's software exports have grown, but our software developers do little apart from writing code and working at the lowest end of the value chain. Which ensures that the business has seen little innovation in terms of product development over the years., Moreover, success in the body-shopping marketplace has lured players out of the domestic market, which remains stunted even today. Not only is the software market flooded with imported software packages, its size isn't lucrative for domestic developers to provide packaged solutions for customers. All this will, however, make sense only if you are trying to develop an alternative software policy. If you aren't - and there are no signs that anyone in government is trying to do so - this book offers little more than some data about India's software industry. Heeks isn't for geeks." --Business Today "Richard Heeks' India's Software Industry is an analytical attempt at unravelling this story over 368 pages of painstaking research and a formidable wealth of data1⁄4. An interesting read. Heeks traces the growth of the industry from its inception and projects possible trends it may witness over the rest of the nineties." --the Economic Times India's software industry has grown rapidly over the past twenty years and now annually exports nearly half a billion U.S. dollars worth of software. India's Software Industry provides the first critical analysis of the impact of the government's new policy of liberalization on the development of this industry. India has moved away from its earlier policy of state control in the areas of trade, state intervention, and foreign investment. Author Richard Heeks examines this new policy, getting beyond common misconceptions, to present a candid picture of India's software industry. Topics discussed include the division of labor within exports, the relations between export and domestic markets, the role of multinationals, and the impact of imports. Conclusions are drawn about the limited benefits that liberalizations brought about and the essential promotional interventions that a successful software industry requires. In closing, the author supplies helpful recommendations for the future of the software industry in India and other developing countries. This thorough and engaging analysis of India's software industry will be of interest to students of business, industrial development, economics, finance, politics, software engineering, computer science, information systems, South Asian studies and policy studies.

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