How Culture Affects the Use of Information Technology
26 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2003
Multinational enterprises (MNEs) must be able to communicate and process data efficiently and effectively throughout the firm. The use of information technology is often affected by the various cultures in which MNEs operate. Technological advances have altered the methods by which MNEs conduct both their domestic and international operations. Advances such as e-business, information security, and electronic financial reporting are among the most significant technological changes facing accountants. As accountants confront and resolve these challenges, they will need to consider the effects of culture on implementation and use of technology. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in cultural and organizational environments of MNEs. Based on these cultural differences, we formed and tested hypotheses regarding the utilization of information technology by accountants. The findings indicate that impediments to international data flow are significantly related to culture.
Keywords: Culture, information technology, international business
JEL Classification: M40
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation