A network of research institutions studying the impacts of new and online information and communication technologies
Business and Information Technologies (BIT) is a network of research institutions studying the impacts of new and online information and communication technologies on business practices in various countries. It is led by researchers at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. The study is following changes that are occuring in firms and industry sectors over an extended time horizon. The project was started in 2002 and presentl has 14 partners in 14 countries. The BIT network holds global conferences, and has published four research volumes.
Research by network partners includes three major components:
Questionnaire-based surveys targeted at senior information systems managers of organizational units (from private and public sectors).The survey addresses business practices, the evolving workplace, changing organizational forms and technology adoption.Studies of economic trends, including GNP and labor to track national shifts towards information intensive industry sectors. Such studies have been conducted in Chile, Italy, S. Korea and the US.
Studies of information intensive sectors, including case studies, surveys and analytical models of competition. These studies have addressed sectors such as entertainment, retailing, financial services, and healthcare to examine technology driven change in the sector, to look at specific technologies (e.g. RFID) or specific business issues (business continuity).