|M.Sc Student||Dalit Zilber|
|Subject||The Influence of Advanced Telecommunications on High-Tech|
Industries in Israel 1984-1994.
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisor||Dr. Ilan Salomon|
The study examines the influence of advanced telecommunications on the location and operation of high - Tech industries in Israel. It also examines the change in the availability and use of telecommunication means over the last decade. The main hypothesis was that the location and operations of High - Tech industries are influenced by the growing availability of advanced telecommunications.
In order to test the hypothesis, a questionnaire was sent to managers of a sample of 120 High-Tech plants, representing roughly 10% of the population.
The findings show that the main factors which influence the need and the use of telecommunications are the share of the professional manpower in the plant, the amount of R&D activity, the export rate and the intensity of foreign connections. Telecommunication means are a very important tool to overcome distance in overseas connections. New plants recognize the potential of telecommunication and therefore invest in these systems. A plant with a high proportion of professional manpower is more likely to use advanced telecommunication systems and there is a strong tie between the telecommunication systems and the business activity made through it.
A very important finding refers to the relationship between the expenditures for communication and for transportation. It supports the complementarily hypothesis, according to which an increase in the use of one mode, increases the use off the other.