Work Perceptions Among Hong Kong and United States I/S Workers: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Work Perceptions Among Hong Kong and United States I/S Workers: A Cross-Cultural Comparison

Norman B. Bryan (University of North Carolina, USA), Ephraim R. Mclean (Georgia State University, USA), Stanley J. Smits (Georgia State University, USA) and Janice Burn (Hong Kong Polytechnic, Hong Kong)
Copyright: © 1995 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1995100103
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Abstract

Hong Kong and United States information systems (I/S) workers’ perceptions of work are analyzed according to Hofstede’s cultural paradigm. More specifically, the theoretical emphasis of this research is a test of the cultural divergence hypothesis as it relates to the individualism/collectivism dimension of Hofstede’s analysis. Further, smallest space analysis, a multidimensional scaling technique, is used to assess the differences between the two cultures. The hypothesized differences between the two cultures is partially supported; Hong Kong and United States I/S workers differ along the individualism/collectivism dimension of Hofstede’s paradigm, but not in the manner initially thought. Implications of these findings for both I/S professionals and end-users are discussed.

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