What’s the internet worth, economically speaking?
I recently finished a project on the economic benefits of Internet use for businesses in New Zealand, as part of a team with some other folks from Sapere.
It was funded by Google and Internet NZ under the Innovation Partnership. You can read the report here from the Innovation Partnership website. Or get a gander at the launch event slides.
There has also been some press, for example, in the Herald.
On Monday I had the joy of speaking at an academic Symposium organised by the Productivity Hub, a large group of Crown agencies looking at the challenge of how to boost New Zealand’s productivity.
My basic point was that I think that smart use of the internet by New Zealand businesses can help boost the productivity of our businesses and ultimately lift the prosperity of the nation.
We are big on connectivity and are major users of technology, but we do not use it in the most productive ways in our businesses.
You can read the slides, look at the paper, or even read about it in the newspaper.
Check out this Twitter conversation from just recently about New Zealand business culture, where it comes from and how its drawbacks might be resolved.