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

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Seung Kyoon Shin

The University of Rhode Island

Michael D. Ishman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

G. L. Sanders

SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management; State University of New York (SUNY) - Management Science and Systems

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Shin, Seung Kyoon and Ishman, Michael D. and Sanders, G. Lawrence, An Empirical Investigation of Socio-Cultural Factors of Information Sharing in China. Information & Management, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 165-174, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1091611

Seung Kyoon Shin (Contact Author)

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Michael D. Ishman

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G. Lawrence Sanders

SUNY at Buffalo - School of Management ( email )

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State University of New York (SUNY) - Management Science and Systems ( email )

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