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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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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