Information technology has had a major impact on individuals, organizations and society over the past 50 years. There are few organizations that can afford to ignore IT and few individuals who would prefer to be without it. As managerial tasks become more complex, so the nature of the required information systems (IS) changes - from structured, routine support to ad hoc, complex enquiries at the highest levels of management. Global Information Systems aims to present the many complex and inter-related issues associated with culture in the management of information systems.

The editors have selected a wide range of contemporary articles from leading experts in North America and Europe that represent a wide variety of different national and cultural environments. They offer valid explanations for, rather than simply pointing out cultural differences in articles that cover a variety of national cultures, including: China, Egypt, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Jamaica, Peru South Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, the United Arab Emirate, the UK, and the US.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction: An Overview of Culture and IS

ByD. E. Leidner, T. R. Kayworth

part 1|131 pages

The Role of Culture in IS Development1

part 2|117 pages

The Role of Culture in IS Adoption and Diffusion

chapter 5|33 pages

Diffusing the Internet in the Arab World: The Role of Social Norms and Technological Culturation

ByKaren D. Loch, Detmar W. Straub, Sherif Kamel

chapter 6|22 pages

The Key Role of Organizational Culture in a Multi-system View of Technology-driven Change

ByÁngel Cabrera, Elizabeth F. Cabrera, Sebastián Barajas

chapter 7|24 pages

Dangerous Liaisons? Component-Based Development and Organizational Subcultures

ByJimmy C. Huang, Sue Newell, Robert D. Galliers, Shan-Ling Pan

chapter 8|13 pages

Assimilating New Technologies

The Role of Organizational Culture
ByNorton Hoffman, Robert Klepper

chapter 9|20 pages

A Qualitative Assessment of Arab Culture and Information Technology Transfer

ByCarole E. Hill, Karen D. Loch, Detmar W. Straub, Kamal El-Sheshai

part 3|108 pages

The Role of Culture in IT Use and Outcomes

chapter 10|25 pages

The Role of Culture in Knowledge Management: A Case Study of Two Global Firms

ByDorothy Leidner, Maryam Alavi, Timothy Kayworth

chapter 12|29 pages

Mexican and Swedish Managers' Perceptions of the Impact of EIS on Organizational Intelligence, Decision Making, and Structure

ByDorothy E. Leidner, Sven Carlsson, Joyce Elam, Martha Corrales

chapter 13|30 pages

Culture and Consumer Responses to Web Download Time: A Four-Continent Study of Mono- and Polychronism

ByGregory M. Rose, Roberto Evaristo, Detmar Straub

part 4|112 pages

The Role of Culture in IT Management