The effect of the Internet on established organisations in Ireland.

Walsh, Colin (2002) The effect of the Internet on established organisations in Ireland. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Since it was commercialised late in 1994, the Internet has proceeded to grow at an astonishing rate and to such an extent that there can be very few people in the industrialised world on whom it has not yet had an impact. More than half a billion people worldwide currently have regular access to the Internet and the numerous facilities it has to offer, which include email and the World Wide Web. This fact alone has become a catalyst for major changes in business practices across the globe and this dissertation examines such practices in the context of the business arena in Ireland.

Numerous bodies of literature, including books, magazines, journals, articles and websites relating to the subject areas are reviewed in detail. The areas covered include the histories of both the Internet and the World Wide Web as well as the various areas of business most affected by the Internet. The information gathered from these works is drawn on to deduce three hypotheses, which form the basis for the primary research.

The primary research is carried out in the form of postal questionnaires, which are distributed to a number of established Irish organisations. The questionnaires are structured in a format which combines both open and multiple-choice questions, and seeks to gather information relating to each organisation's own experience of Internet technology. The findings of the primary research are then drawn on to prove or disprove the hypotheses deduced earlier.

The project as a whole aims firstly to provide the reader with an understanding of the basic background to the subject by going into detail about the areas mentioned above. There is no doubt that the Internet has had a profound impact on the business world, but just how profound its impact has been in the Irish context is what this dissertation aims to portray.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Organisational Change
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4150 Computer Network Resources > The Internet
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics. Nuclear engineering > Telecommunications > The Internet
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 09:18
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2015 10:36

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