An alternative measure of the ICT-Opportunity Index

Ali Emrouznejad, Emilyn Cabanda, Roya Gholami

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We developed an alternative approach for measuring information and communication technology (ICT), applying Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) using data from the International Telecommunications Union as a sample of 183 economies. We compared the ICT-Opportunity Index (ICT-OI) with our DEA-Opportunity Index (DEA-OI) and found a high correlation between the two. Our findings suggest that both indices are consistent in their measurement of digital opportunity, though differences still exist in different regions. Our new DEA-OI offers much more than the ICT-OI. Using our model, the target and peer groups for each country can be identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)246-254
Number of pages9
JournalInformation and Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2010


  • ICT-opportunity index
  • DEA-opportunity index
  • information society
  • digital divide
  • linear programming
  • data envelopment analysis


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