Technology Article Review Paper on Beyond models of National Culture

Beyond Models of National Culture

The field of technology and information systems is a dynamic field, just like the culture of different groups that might exist in a nation. Information systems and technology practitioners have been challenged to stop viewing cultures as being national, but acknowledge the different groups that exist in one nation. There is no one culture that is followed by individuals from different groups. Most research findings that have been carried out on the effect of culture on IT deployment feel that that there might be faster deployment if IT departments took note of the small differences that exists among different cultural groups. Individuals from Finnish and U.S. cultures responded differently to computer medicated communication and issues such as avoidance of issues were observed to be different among the different groups (Myers & Tan, 2012).

Response 2

Culture is forever evolving depending on the changes that are taking place in the society. Different cultural groups also have different beliefs and mannerisms that set them apart from other groups in the world. Chinese and Japanese nationals like to avoid uncertainty, which might interfere with their perception and knowledge reception on new topics in information technology and systems field (Myers & Tan, 2012). Power avoidance and gender perception might also differ among different cultures in one nation. Such a factor should be taken into account before installing or education a group in a certain location about topics related to information technology. For example; some cultures might not be receptive to a female IT boss even if he/ she is a consultant from an external company. Hofstede’s definition of national culture has been widely used in different fields all over the world, but it is limiting because it considers a unified culture among people living in one nation (North, 2010).

References

Myers, M. and Tan, F. (2012). Beyond Models of national Culture in Information systems

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North, M. (2010). Artistic and Cultural Exchanges between Europe and Asia. Surrey: Ashgate.