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The impact of national culture on e-learning implementation: A comparative study of an Argentinean and a Swedish university
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Informatics.
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Informatics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2923-9034
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Informatics.
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2008 (English)In: Proceedings of IADIS International Conference Information Systems 2008, 2008, 351- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Currently, little is known if and how national culture shapes e-learning. In this study, attitudes, purposes, driving factors and barriers of e-learning use at an Argentinean and a Swedish university was compared. A survey questionnaire was distributed among teachers at both universities. Data was analysed to discern similarities and differences in responses from Argentinean and Swedish teachers from the four cultural dimensions developed by Hofstede; power distance, uncertainty avoidance, individualism – collectivism, and masculinity – femininity. The main conclusion of the study was that the similarities of responses from Swedish and Argentinean teachers were more common than differences. However, some differences emanating from national culture could be discerned. Argentinean teachers stated communication with students and active student participation as more important driving factors than Swedish teachers. Lack of incentives and appreciation was stated as more important barriers among the Argentinean teachers. These findings are hypothesised to be due to the more collectivist and masculine culture of Argentina.

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2008. 351- p.
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e-learning, national culture, higher education, implementation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5555ISBN: 978-972-8924-57-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-5555DiVA: diva2:36375
Available from: 2008-09-10 Created: 2008-09-10 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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