Journal article

Understanding the Development and Diffusion of Mobile Commerce Technologies in China: A Biographical Study with an Actor-Network Theory Perspective

Youwei Wang, Yufei Yuan, Ofir Turel, Zhiling Tu

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mobile commerce technologies cater to multiple types of users who use them for various purposes in a dynamic fashion over time. Their development and diffusion therefore involves many actors who participate in changing market configurations. In this study we address this complex sociotechnical setting by investigating the "biography" of mobile text messaging, an instance of mobile commerce technologies, in China. Specifically, we apply an actor-network perspective to understand the development and diffusion of text messaging over time and the changing actor configurations. This analysis was based on 1,403 news items pertaining to the Chinese telecommunications market, which were screened fro..

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Grants

Awarded by National Science Foundation of China


Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank the AE and the reviewers for insightful comments and constructive suggestions. This study was partially supported by the National Science Foundation of China (71072006 and 71371056), Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, Ministry of Education of China, and the Zhuoxue Program, Fudan University.