Abstract - The Information Society 21(4)

ICT Research, the New Economy, and the Evolving Discipline of Economics: Back to the Future?

Hans-Jürgen Engelbrecht

Economics-related ICT research has moved from the fringes of the discipline to penetrate all of its branches. It is, therefore, not a separate economics sub-discipline. It is also unlikely to become part of an ‘ICT or Internet Research’ proto-discipline. Instead, it should be seen as only one part of a bigger agenda toward a proper ‘information and knowledge economics’ and possibly a future proto-discipline of a ‘unified theory of informationof information and knowledge’ or a meta-discipline of information sciences.


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