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This study examines the situation that produced a high-tech industry (software development) despite the generally deprived conditions in the country. The authors examine the legacy of colonialism, the ensuing democracy with a socialist bent, and how the global software industry emerged. Clearly the education system and the prevailing infrastructure in a small southern region of the country were contributory factors. There are some warning signs of dangers ahead.


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Issues in Information Systems

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Tellis, Winston M.; McAdams, Arthur C.. 'Socialist Democracy and Software Development: The Case of Software Development in India.' Issues in Information Systems 4.2 (2003): 707-713.

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