Methodological Issues in MIS Cross-Cultural Research

Methodological Issues in MIS Cross-Cultural Research

Elena Karahanna (University of Georgia, USA), Roberto Evaristo (University of Illinois-Chicago, USA) and Mark Srite (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-064-6.ch004
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Abstract

This paper presents a discussion of methodological issues that are relevant and idiosyncratic to cross-cultural research. One characteristic that typifies cross-cultural studies is their comparative nature, i.e., they involve a comparison across two separate cultures on a focal phenomenon. When differences across cultures are observed, the question arises as to whether the results are true cultural differences or merely measurement artifacts. Methodological considerations in cross-cultural research focus on ruling out alternative explanations for these differences and thus enhancing the interpretability of the results. The paper presents an overview of key methodological issues in cross-cultural research and reviews methods of preventing or detecting methodological problems.

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