Anthony J. Pennings, PhD

WRITINGS ON DIGITAL STRATEGIES, ICT ECONOMICS, AND GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS

Those Media Products are Misbehaving Economic Goods

Bad, bad media. Or so economists would have us believe. Media and information products just don’t fit the mold, or should I say, model. Most economic thinking is based on models that make simple assumptions about the types of goods and services that are produced and purchased. Economists like their tight little models and the […]

Emerging Areas of Digital Media Expertise, Part 2, Data Analytics and Visualization

This post is the second part of a discussion on what kind of knowledge, skills, and abilities are needed for working in emerging digital media environments. Previously I pointed out that students gravitate towards certain areas of expertise according to their interests and perceived aptitudes and strengths. I discussed Design, Technical, and Strategic Communication aspects […]

Copyright Protection and Fair Use for Creative Industries and Education

Disclaimer: The following is a brief overview related to copyright issues and should not be considered legal advice. Copyright protections for “creative industries” and their cultural, informational and entertainment products are central to economic and educational development. They address crucial issues about the incentives for developing creative works and investing in creative projects. They also […]

Thirty-Five Activities Media Degrees Should Anticipate in Digital Work Environments

I have been working on some projects looking at curriculum that combine media and business. Below is a list of activities that are prevalent in work environments organized around digital technologies. 1) Managing creative work and digital innovation 2) Assessing digital threats and opportunities 3) Understanding global media and cultural trends 4) Marketing content and […]

Discerning Media Economics

The area of media economics has made important contributions to understanding traditional broadcast technologies such as newspapers, television and radio, but has only recently addressed the capabilities and consequences of digital media. This post seeks to investigate two interrelated areas: media economics and the political economy of communications/media; then begin to apply them to the […]

E-Commerce with Chinese Characteristics

When Deng Xiaoping, the Communist leader who transformed China into state-centric capitalism had his famous economic realization, “I can distribute poverty or I can distribute wealth,” he probably could not have imagined the power of the Internet and its e-commerce capabilities. Deng and other post-Mao Communist leaders pursued “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics” with the argument […]

DETERMINING COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES FOR DIGITAL MEDIA FIRMS, PART 2

In a previous post, I discussed some structural characteristics of competitive advantages for digital media firms. Using the framework laid out in Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies as a point of departure, I was able to extend their analysis of traditional media companies to the more dynamic realm […]

Determining Competitive Advantages for Digital Media Firms, Part 1

In the Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies, Jonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, and Ava Seave provide a general critique of upper media management. The authors argue these moguls are preoccupied with “fantastical factors” that do little to provide high returns on capital, market share stability or shareholder […]

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    Professor and Associate Chair at State University of New York (SUNY) Korea. Recently taught at Hannam University in Daejeon, South Korea. Moved to Austin, Texas in August 2012 to join the Digital Media Management program at St. Edwards University. Spent the previous decade on the faculty at New York University teaching and researching information systems, media economics, and strategic communications.

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