Analysis of the Cross-Cultural Dimensions of National Web Portals

Analysis of the Cross-Cultural Dimensions of National Web Portals

Sajjad Zahir (University of Lethbridge, Canada), Brian Dobing (University of Lethbridge, Canada) and M. G. Hunter (University of Lethbridge, Canada)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-93177-742-1.ch004
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Abstract

When new technologies become available and cultures adopt them, the result can be convergence or divergence when cultures adopt technology in different ways that maintain or even further accentuate their differences. An analysis of full-service national web portals from different countries, typically offering a search engine, directories of links on a set of selected topics, news items (including weather, sports, entertainment, and stock market results), advertisements and shopping, and free e-mail, shows evidence of both trends. While most national portals closely resemble the basic structure of Yahoo!, the original free full-service portal, there are also differences in appearance and features offered that can be attributed to cultural variations based on Hofstede’s framework.

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