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Transfer of technology to Kuwait: a study of the use of the computer in the public institution for social security

Al-Mughni, Hala Abdul-Rahman (1988) Transfer of technology to Kuwait: a study of the use of the computer in the public institution for social security. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This thesis aims to examine some aspects of technology transfer to Third World countries, trying through a theoretical discussion to situate this transfer within the new trends in the international division of labour. Its main thrust is that despite its important and vital role in the development process of the developing countries, modern technology does not always contribute to the enhancement of development opportunities. The thesis looks at technology in general as not having neutral role in the development, and considers that unless it is incorporated within a particular socio-political system capable and willing to meet requirements of economic development its impact may be negative. The case of the computer systems in the Kuwaiti Public Institution for Social Security is taken as an example to show that technology transfer to Kuwait is more part of the excessive social consumption characteristic of Kuwaiti economy and society than a way of meeting realistic development requirements. Hence its impact cannot be compared to its introduction in the advanced capitalist countries. The development of excessive social consumption in Kuwait is traced to the country's relatively huge oil revenues and the disbursement of these revenues among a small population within a 'traditional' socio-political structure.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Arts
Thesis Date:1988
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:08 Feb 2013 13:36

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