Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications

Alam, Khorshed and Erdiaw-Kwasie, Michael and Shahiduzzaman, Md and Ryan, Barbara (2018) Assessing regional digital competence: Digital futures and strategic planning implications. Journal of Rural Studies, 60. pp. 60-69. ISSN 0743-0167


Understanding strategic decisions aimed at addressing regional economic issues is of increasing interest among scholars and policy makers today. Thus, studies that proffer effective strategies to address digital futures concerns from social and policy perspectives are timely. In light of this, this research uses strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis tool to frame a regional strategy for digital futures to enhance place-specific digital connectivity and socio-economic progress. Focus group discussions and a structured questionnaire were conducted to examine a SWOT for a digital economy strategy in the Southern Downs Region in Queensland, Australia. The findings show that while the proposed regional strategies for digital futures are susceptible to internal and external forces, strategic planning makes them manageable. The study’s findings also reveal that adaptive strategic planning can help regulate the effects of internal and external factors that shape individual and organisational responses to digital transformation, and that these factors promote regional competitiveness.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted Version embargoed until March 2020 (24 months), in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2018 00:17
Last Modified: 15 May 2018 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: strategic planning, digital futures, digital competence, digital adoption, Southern Downs Region, SWOT analysis
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2018.02.009

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