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Cultural Issues in Information Systems Research: A Review of Current Literature and Directions for Future Research

Cultural Issues in Information Systems Research: A Review of Current Literature and Directions for Future Research
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Author(s): Subhasish Dasgupta (The George Washington University, USA) and Li Xiao (The George Washington University, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 2
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch190
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

Cultural factors influence information systems in a variety of ways. At the national level, for example, culture influences IS management practices in different countries (Harris and Davison 1999; Ford, Connelly and Meister 2003). At the organizational level, several studies propose that organizational culture directly relates to success of IT implementation (Zammuto and O’Connor 1992; Fedrick 2001; Harper and Utley 2001; Doherty and Doig 2003; Harrington and Guimaraes 2005). Despite the potential importance of culture in IS field, very little discussion has been conducted on the topic. Culture has been studied on a limited number of occasions in IS literature, yet there has been no effort to comprehensively evaluate current state of culture research. The purpose of this meta-analytic study is to explore and critically evaluate research on cultural issues in information systems field. Based on the evaluation, we will synthesize research findings of existing literature and present areas for further research. In short, the purpose of this study is to initiate a discussion of culture within the conversation of information systems research. In this article, we provide an overview of the topic field, discuss about the need for a metaanalysis on the area, and report on the current status of this research.

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