An Empirical Investigation of Socio-Cultural Factors of Information Sharing in China
Information & Management, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 165-174, 2007
Posted: 9 Feb 2008
Understanding information sharing is an important challenge to modern organizations, and is likely to be increasingly considered when IT investment decisions are made world-wide. Our research study investigated the influence of cultural factors on information sharing in China. It was postulated that social network structures such as guanxi, Confucian dynamism, and collectivism could explain the degree to which information sharing took place between people in China. It was found that guanxi, Confucian dynamism and collectivism all had a significant influence on information sharing.
Keywords: Information Sharing, China, Culture, Collectivism, Confucian dynamism, Guanxi
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