Cultural Differences, Information and Code Systems

Cultural Differences, Information and Code Systems

Brian J. Corbitt (Deakin University, Australia), Konrad J. Peszynski (Deakin University, Australia), Saranond Inthanond (Deakin University, Australia) and Byron Hill (Varakit Textiles, Thailand and Kasetsart University, Thailand)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-923-6.ch003
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Abstract

This paper explores an alternative way of framing information systems research on the role and impact of national culture. It argues that the widely accepted structural framework of Hofstede reduces interpretation to a simplistic categorical description which in many cases ignores differentiation within cultures. The alternative model suggests, that national culture can be better understood by seeking out the dominant codes that frame the discourse pervasive in a culture and understanding how that discourse affects the obvious social codes of ritual, custom and behavior and the textual codes which express the nature of that culture. This framework is applied to two different case studies — one in New Zealand and one in Thailand — to demonstrate its applicability.

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Acknowledgments
Chapter 1
Phillip Ein-Dor, Michael Myers, K. S. Raman
It is generally accepted that knowledge has become a third major factor of production, in addition to the traditional factors — labor and capital.... Sample PDF
IT Industry Development and the Knowledge Economy: A Four Country Study
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Chapter 2
Elena Karahanna, J. R. Evaristo, Mark Srite
In an organizational setting, national culture is not the only type of culture that influences managerial and work behavior. Rather, behavior is... Sample PDF
Levels of Culture and Individual Behavior: An Integrative Perspective
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Chapter 3
Brian J. Corbitt, Konrad J. Peszynski, Saranond Inthanond, Byron Hill
This paper explores an alternative way of framing information systems research on the role and impact of national culture. It argues that the widely... Sample PDF
Cultural Differences, Information and Code Systems
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Chapter 4
Gerald Grant, Derek Chau
Electronic government (e-government) initiatives are pervasive and form a significant part of government investment portfolio in almost all... Sample PDF
Developing a Generic Framework for E-Government
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Chapter 5
David Gefen, Gregory M. Rose, Merrill Warkentin, Paul A. Pavlou
Trust is a cornerstone of society, and it enables democratic institutes. It captures people’s expectations about others’ (the trustees)... Sample PDF
Culture and Trust in the Adoption of Electronic Voting: A Look at the USA and South Africa
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John Sagi, Elias Carayanis, Subhasish Dasgupta, Gary Thomas
Many authors argue that information and communications technology (ICT) in this New Economy is causing a globalized, unified society. Others take... Sample PDF
Globalization and E-Commerce: A Cross-Cultural Investigation of User Attitudes
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Chapter 7
Pauline O. Chin
Information technology (IT) governance structures focuses on the distribution of the IT decision-making process throughout the enterprise to achieve... Sample PDF
The Evolution of IT Governance Structure in Dynamic Environments
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Chapter 8
H. Keith Edwards, Varadharajan Sridhar
Round-the-clock work cycle, low cost of software development, and access to specialized skills have prompted many companies in the USA, Canada, and... Sample PDF
Collaborative Software Requirements Engineering Exercises in a Distributed Virtual Team Environment
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Bill Doolin, Stuart Dillon, James L. Corner
This chapter presents a research model of the determinants of online purchasing behaviour. The model assesses the importance of various dimensions... Sample PDF
Determinants of Online Purchasing Behaviour
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Chapter 10
Prateek Vasisht, Jairo A. Gutierrez
This chapter describes an empirical investigation into the revenue streams of online content providers in New Zealand. It extends previous academic... Sample PDF
An Investigation of Revenue Streams on New Zealand Online Content Providers
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Peter Kawalek, David Wastall
This article is concerned with the pursuit of radical organizational transformation in information age government. It focuses on three cases, each... Sample PDF
Pursuing Radical Transformation in Information Age Government: Case Studies Using the SPRINT Methodology
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Victor W. Mbarika, Peter N. Meso, Philip F. Musa
With the dynamic and meteoric rise in teledensity diffusion across Sub Saharan Africa, one would expect a departure in the perceptions of... Sample PDF
A Disconnect in Stakeholders' Perceptions from Emerging Realities of Teledensity Growth in Africa's Least Developed Countries
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Ibrahim Elbeltagi, Neil McBride, Glenn Hardaker
The study of factors influencing the adoption and use of information systems in less-developed countries is an important area to address since... Sample PDF
Evaluating the Factors Affecting DSS Usage by Senior Managers in Local Authorities in Egypt
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Siu-cheung Chan, Ming-te Lu
This study investigates adoption/use behavior within the context of Hong Kong Internet Banking services. A research framework based on the extended... Sample PDF
Understanding Internet Banking Adoption and Use Behavior: A Hong Kong Perspective
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Dorothy G. Dologite, Robert J. Mockler, Quinghua Bai, Peter F. Viszhanyo
This chapter presents a case study that documents how information systems (IS) principals in China strategically shifted to different change agent... Sample PDF
IS Change Agents in Practice in a US-Chinese Joint Venture
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Chee-Wee Tan, Eric T.K. Lim, Shan-Ling Pan
As e-government plays an increasingly dominant role in modern public administrative management, its pervasive influence on organizations and... Sample PDF
E-Government Implementation: Balancing Collaboration and Control in Stakeholder Management
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