When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do - Overcoming Culture Conflicts in Mobile Learning

Ernst, S.-J.; Janson, A.; Söllner, M. & Leimeister, J. M. (2015): When in Rome, do as the Romans do – Overcoming Culture Conflicts in Mobile Learning. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

13 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2018

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Sissy-Josefina Ernst

University of Kassel

Andreas Janson

University of Kassel

Matthias Söllner

University of Kassel - Information Systems

J. M. Leimeister

University of St. Gallen; University of Kassel - Information Systems

Date Written: December 14, 2015

Abstract

Mobile learning allows for the embedding of learning into daily routines by means of authentic learning scenarios. In this context, IS research emphasizes the importance of considering individual differences such as cultural differences when using IT in learning scenarios. First, culture is a critical variable that strongly influences IT acceptance and use. Second, teaching concepts differ heavily across cultures. With this research-in-progress paper, we propose a theory-driven design approach to overcome culture conflicts for mobile learning applications. We derive requirements from IT-culture conflict theory and practice, which are addressed by design elements and implemented in a mobile learning application that is now being adapted for China. As a practical contribution of our research, we provide systematic guidance to overcome culture conflicts; as a theoretical contribution, we enrich culture theory by considering and resolving conflicts for mobile learning applications.

Keywords: Design science research, mobile learning application, culture conflict, culture

Suggested Citation

Ernst, Sissy-Josefina and Janson, Andreas and Söllner, Matthias and Leimeister, Jan Marco, When in Rome, Do as the Romans Do - Overcoming Culture Conflicts in Mobile Learning (December 14, 2015). Ernst, S.-J.; Janson, A.; Söllner, M. & Leimeister, J. M. (2015): When in Rome, do as the Romans do – Overcoming Culture Conflicts in Mobile Learning. In: International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), Fort Worth, Texas, USA., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3159170 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3159170

Sissy-Josefina Ernst

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Andreas Janson

University of Kassel ( email )

Fachbereich 05
Nora-Platiel-Straße 1
34109 Kassel, Hessen 34127
Germany

Matthias Söllner

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

Jan Marco Leimeister (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

Varnbuelstr. 14
Saint Gallen, St. Gallen CH-9000
Switzerland

University of Kassel - Information Systems ( email )

Nora-Platiel 4
Kassel, 34127
Germany

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