Critical Issues of IS Management in Hong Kong: A Cultural Comparison

Critical Issues of IS Management in Hong Kong: A Cultural Comparison

Janice Burn (Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong), K.B.C. Saxena (Erasmus University, Netherlands), Louis Ma (Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong) and Hin Keung Cheung (Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong)
Copyright: © 1993 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1993100103
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Over the last decade a number of papers have appeared which have sought to review the critical concerns for IS management. These reviews have been valuable in their portrayal of a changing IS culture and the corresponding management issues which IS executives have to address. At the same time, we are witnessing changes to organizational culture with the growing trend towards globalization of information management within multi-national corporations (MNCs). This suggests that studies which transcend national boundaries will become increasingly important and such studies should reflect the political, economic and cultural impacts of regional environments. This paper focuses on the particular issues of concern for IS management in Hong Kong over the next five years and compares these against critical IS concerns worldwide. The unique political environment of Hong Kong has had impacts on information systems development and technology exploitation and provides for a different IS management perspective. The implications of these are examined both in the local context and in the broader scenario of globalized organizations with strong influences within the Pacific Rim. This study reviews the findings of recent studies in Australia, Europe, India, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong and evaluates the Hong Kong results both in the international and Asian context. The findings in Hong Kong are specifically contrasted with those in Singapore and a hypothesis drawn that the political environment is a major influencer. Finally, the specific issues of critical concern to MNCs in Hong Kong are expanded and these issues are related to the need for future research in the Asian continent

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