e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers

Research Article

Information and Communication Technologies and Firms Productivity in Cameroon

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_17,
        author={Pierre Nketcha Nana and Christophe Choub Faha},
        title={Information and Communication Technologies and Firms Productivity in Cameroon},
        proceedings={e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries. Third International ICST Conference, AFRICOMM 2011, Zanzibar, Tanzania, November 23-24, 2011, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={ICT Productivity System-GMM Estimators Organisational Changes},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_17}
    }
    
  • Pierre Nketcha Nana
    Christophe Choub Faha
    Year: 2012
    Information and Communication Technologies and Firms Productivity in Cameroon
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-29093-0_17
Pierre Nketcha Nana1,*, Christophe Choub Faha,*
  • 1: Université Laval
*Contact email: vnketcha@yahoo.fr, fpeguy@yahoo.fr

Abstract

Using panel data from manufacturing firms in Cameroon, this study investigates the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on firms’ productivity in Cameroon. The empirical model is derived from the flexible Translog production function. The strategic complementarities between ICT-capital and organizational changes are accounted for. We estimate our model using the System-Generalized Method of Moments (GMMS) estimator as it is adequate to deal with endogeneity issues. Our results reveal that the effects of ICT on productivity are catalyzed by the implementation of organizational changes. Moreover, we identified the specific organizational changes that deliver the highest benefits.