A Qualitative Assessment of Arab Culture and Information Technology Transfer

A Qualitative Assessment of Arab Culture and Information Technology Transfer

Carole E. Hill (Georgia State University, USA), Karen D. Loch (Georgia State University, USA), Detmar Straub (Georgia State University, USA) and Kamal El-Sheshai (Georgia State University, USA)
Copyright: © 1998 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/jgim.1998070103
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Abstract

Information technology transfer is not an easy task, and seems to be particularly daunting for developing countries. As most technology is designed and produced in developed countries, it is culturally-biased in favor of those developed countries’ social and cultural systems. This bias creates cultural and social obstacles for developing countries to transfer technology into practice. Based on focus groups, interviews of Arab-American business people, and a field study conducted in five Arab countries, this paper presents the findings of a qualitative progressive study to systematically examine the linkage between information technology transfer and sociocultural factors that support or impede a successful transfer.

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