Cyber Law and Cyber Security in Developing and Emerging Economies
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Cyber Law and Cyber Security in Developing and Emerging Economies

Zeinab Karake Shalhoub and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi

This timely and important book illuminates the impact of cyber law on the growth and development of emerging and developing economies. Using a strong theoretical framework firmly grounded in resource-based and technology diffusion literature, the authors convey a subtle understanding of the ways public and private sector entities in developing and emerging countries adopt cyber space processes.
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Chapter 4: Methodology and Development of Hypotheses

Zeinab Karake Shalhoub and Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi


INTRODUCTION The resource-based view (RBV) of the firm argues that the performance of an economic entity is, inter alia, a function of the resources and skills that are in place and of those economic entity-specific characteristics which are rare and difficult to imitate or substitute. This concept is in essence based on Coase’s theory of the firm, which maintains that the firm is a combination of alliances that have linked themselves in such a way as to reduce the cost of producing goods and services for delivery to the marketplace (Coase, 1937). An enhancement of this resource-based view is that an economy can create a competitive advantage by building resources that work together to generate organizational and country-based capabilities (Bharadwaj, 2000). These capabilities permit economic entities and economies as a whole to adopt and adapt processes that enable them to realize a greater level of output from a given input or maintain their level of output from a lower quantity of input. In this chapter we will develop a set of hypotheses with the objective of conducting a systematic cross-country analysis of cyber laws in a sample of developing and emerging economies. Based on resource-based theory, the overall premise is that in addition to the physical infrastructure which explains much of the variation in basic Internet use and country e-readiness, cyber activities, especially e-commerce and e-government, also depend significantly on a supportive institutional environment such as national respect for the ‘rule of law’, the availability of credible payment channels such...

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