Balaji Parthasarathy | International Institute of Information Technology, Banglore

Balaji Parthasarathy

Professor & Dean (Faculty)



  • Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley)

Professor Parthasarathy's research and teaching interests broadly focuses on the relationship between technological innovation, economic globalization, and social change. Within this broad focus, his work follows two threads. One thread examines the impacts of public policy and firm strategies on the organization of production in the ICT (information and communications technology) industry. Another thread deals with "ICTs for Development," or ICTD. Here his interests lie in understanding how ICTs are being deployed in various domains of activity to transform social relationships, especially in economically underprivileged contexts

Research Interests

  • Social and spatial impacts of technological innovation and economic globalization, ICT (information and communications technology) for Development

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications:

  • 2010 The Computer Software Industry as a Vehicle of Late Industrialisation: Lessons from the Indian case.Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy. 15(3):247-270.

  • 2010 Complete report.pdf Organizational Impacts of Information Technology. Pp.289-298 in Hossein Bidgoli (ed.). The Handbook of Technology Management. John Wiley. (2nd author: Ricardo Gomes Lage).

  • 2009 Information Technology. Pp.469-474 in Rob Kitchin and Nigel Thrift (eds.).International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier.

  • 2009 From the Guest Editors: The Best Papers from ICTD2007.Information Technologies and International Development. (co-author: Krithi Ramamritham). 5(1):iii-v.

  • 2008 How the Development of ICTs affects ICTs for Development: Social contestation in the shaping of standards for the information age. Science, Technology and Society.13(2): 279-301.(2nd author: Janaki Srinivasan)

  • 2007 The Post-Consumptive Residues of Information and Communication Technologies: Transnational E-waste Flows and Developmental Dilemmas2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD2007).  Bangalore, 15-16 December. (1stauthor: Janani Vasudev)

  • 2006 From Software Services to R&D Services: Local Entrepreneurship in the Software Industry in Bangalore, India.Environment and Planning A. 38(7):1269-1285. (co-author: Yuko Aoyama).

  • 2004 Flows and Filters: The Politics of ICT Regions in a Global Economy. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 28(3):617-620. (co-authors: Sean O Riain and Matthew A. Zook).

  • 2004 India's Silicon Valley or Silicon Valley's India?: Socially Embedding the Computer Software Industry in Bangalore.International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.28(3):664-685.

  • 2004 Globalizing Information Technology: The Domestic Policy Context for India's Software Production and Exports. Iterations: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Software History 3 (3 May 2004):1-38. 

  • 1997 The Suburban Public Realm II: Eurourbanism, New Urbanism and the Implications for Urban Design in the American Metropolis. Journal of Urban Design. 2(1):9-34 (co-author: Michael Southworth)

  • 1996 The Suburban Public Realm I: Its Emergence, Growth and Transformation in the American Metropolis. Journal of Urban Design. 1(3):245-263 (co-author: Michael Southworth) 

  • 1994 Marxist Theories of Development, the New International Division of Labor, and the Third World. Berkeley Planning Journal. 9:109-124

Book Chapters:

  • 2011 The Role of Standards in Technology Driven Commodity Chains: The Information and Communications Technology Service Industry in Dalian, China, and Bangalore, India. Forthcoming in Moriki Ohara (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. (2nd author: Bharath M Palavalli)

  • 2007 Contrasting Regimes of Regional Development: The Telecommunications Equipment Industry and the Computer Software Industry in India. In Allen J. Scott and Gioacchino Garofoli (eds.). Development on the Ground: Clusters, Networks, and Regions in Emerging Economies. Routledge.

  • 2006 IThe Political Economy of the Computer Software Industry in India. In Govindan Parayil (ed.). Political Economy and Informational Capitalism in India: Digital Divide, Development and Equity. Palgrave Macmillan.

  • 2005 The Political Economy of the Computer Software Industry in Bangalore, India. In Ashwani Saith and M. Vijayabaskar (eds.).ICTs and Indian Economic Development: Economy, Work, Regulation. Sage Publications

Technical Reports & Working Papers:

Book Reviews:

  • 2007 - Asish Arora and Alfonso Gambardella (eds). 2005. From Underdogs to Tigers: The Rise and Growth of the Software Industry in Brazil, China, India, Ireland, and Israel. Oxford University Press. Economic Geography. 83(3):331-332.

  • 2006 - James Heitzman. 2004. Network City: Planning the Information Society in Bangalore. Oxford University Press. Indian Economic and Social History Review. 43(4):511-513.

  • 2001 - Harry A. Mengers. 1997. Urban Development in the State of Karnataka, India: Policies, Actors and Outcomes. Nijmegen Studies in Development and Cultural Change, Volume 27. Saarbrucken: Verlag fur Entwicklungspolitik. Development and Change. 32(1):188-189.

  • 1998 - Richard Heeks. 1996. India's Software Industry: State Policy, Liberalisation and Industrial Development. Sage Publications. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. 558:234-235.


Areas of Expertise

  • Globalization and Regional Economic Development
    Comparative Advantage, International Division of Labor, Spatial Organization of Economic Activity

  • Innovation and Technology Policy
    Political-Economy of Technology, Social and Environmental Impacts of Information Technology

Courses Taught

  • IT 651 - Dynamics of the Information Technology Industry
  • IT 652 - Economic and Social Impacts of Information Technolog

Research & Consulting

  • 2008 - Importance of Development Context in Use of ICT4D Projects: A Study of Land Record Computerization in India.Dissertation submitted by Amit Prakash, Fellowship in Management Programme, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Committee member)

  • 2007 - The Post-Consumptive Residues of Information Technology: E-waste Management and Disposal in Bangalore and Chennai, India. Master's thesis submitted by Janani Vasudev for the Master of Technology degree (Chairperson)

  • 2004 - The Effects of E-Governance Implementation on Women: A Study of the Sustainable Access in Rural India (SARI) Project, Madurai. Master's thesis submitted by Janaki Srinivasan for the Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Chairperson)

  • 2002 - Reasons for the Inimitability of Network Resources: A Case Study in the Research and Development Services Domain of the Indian Information Technology Industry. Dissertation submitted by N.Dayasindhu, Fellowship in Management Programme, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (Committee member)