Value of digital information networks: a holonic framework

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The worldwide extraordinary level of interest in digital information networks’ deployment among nations is due to the strong perception that they bring economic, social and environmental value. Our literature review on studies aiming at clarifying the value of information networks, led us to conclude that these studies take speculative, elusive or limited conclusions. We identify the requirements to capture the value of information networks and indicate a possible theoretical ground to account for it. Based upon this, we propose a framework operationalized with data from Eurostat. Furthermore, we identify the added-value of our framework with a precise and comprehensive comparison with two state of the art reference frameworks. We demonstrate that our framework provides significant conceptual added-value and, more fundamentally, allows for traditional measures of economic value (e.g. productivity and growth), as well as for other measures of value (e.g. social and environmental). Finally, we demonstrate with examples the wider application range of our framework in comparison with existing work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • António Madureira
    • 1
  • Nico Baken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Harry Bouwman
    • 3
  1. 1.Network Architectures and Services (NAS) GroupDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Corporate Strategy and Innovation DepartmentRoyal KPNDen HaagThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management, Section of Information & Communication TechnologyDelft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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