Understanding the Impact of National Culture on Strategic IS Planning


As organisations embrace internationalisation, they increasingly face the challenge of conducting information systems (IS) planning in multiple cultural contexts. Therefore, the mechanism of how a culture impacts this planning success is of considerable practical interest. In this article, we summarise the available evidence on the determinants of IS planning success namely the level of user participation, management commitment and alignment with business strategy. These determinants could be influenced by the cultural dimensions of collectivism, uncertainty avoidance, long-term orientation and power distance directly or via their determinants. We use the determinants and a cultural dimension to formulate a correlational model of the impact of national culture on IS planning success. While the model we introduce is novel, all of the constructs included in the models were tested elsewhere, and have known validity and reliability characteristics.

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