Analyzing the Affect of Culture on Curricular Content: A Research Conception

Vladimir Burcik, Fred Kohun, Robert Skovira
InSITE 2007  •  Volume 7  •  2007
A research conception is developed to enable qualitative and quantitative research on the affect of culture on the curricular content of business and information systems degree programs. The frame raises the interconnected issue of globalizing business and information systems education (theories of organization, management, and employees’ motivation, and the use of information systems) and the affects of a society’s culture. The paper asserts that a society’s culture affects the business and information systems curricula. The essay assumes that any organization is an info-scape (an information landscape). A person’s culture shapes tacitly his or her understandings of the nature and functionality of an organization and its information systems and how to manage them. The conception, following Hofstede and Hofstede, presents an understanding of the Power Distance and Uncertainty Avoidance dimensions and four organizational views: the organization as Pyramid, Market, Machine, and Family. The conception also proposes a relation of organizational type to organizational governance styles: Monarchical, Feudal, Federal, and Anarchical. Finally, the conception also includes the relationship between organizational models and styles of managing organizations: Directive, Analytic, Conceptual, and Social.
Global business education, global information systems education, cultural impact, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, organizational theory, management theory, management style
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