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The impact of Sino‐western cultural differences on IT products consumption

Zhu Mingxia (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, People's Republic of China)
Rose Quan (Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)
Kuang Xuan (University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, People's Republic of China)

Journal of Technology Management in China

ISSN: 1746-8779

Article publication date: 1 May 2006

Abstract

Purpose

Fast‐developed IT products have had a great impact on high technology business. With increases of foreign investments flowing into Chinese IT markets, the impact of national culture and ethnicity on consumer behaviour has become a recognized issue. The main purpose of this paper is to examine how Chinese and western national culture differences significantly influence IT customers' purchasing decisions underlying Chinese IT markets.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured survey was used for this study. Owing to the difficulties of covering huge geographic areas in China, the two largest and modern cities, Beijing and Shanghai, were chosen as the target cities where the 200 questionnaires were distributed to both Chinese and western customers.

Findings

By sampling US customers as representative of western nations, different choices regarding using text message service, cell phones and personal digital assistant are compared between Chinese and US customers. The results indicate that the Chinese customer tends to be more a follower of his “friends” than to be “myself” compared with western customers.

Originality/value

The significant impact of national culture differences on IT products has not been fully acknowledged yet, particularly vis‐à‐vis of the Chinese markets. This research provides insights into the IT industry and market by comparing consumer behaviours between Chinese and US customers. The results can be a guide for IT products manufacturers who in particular are interested in high technology business in mainland China.

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Citation

Mingxia, Z., Quan, R. and Xuan, K. (2006), "The impact of Sino‐western cultural differences on IT products consumption", Journal of Technology Management in China, Vol. 1 No. 2, pp. 159-173. https://doi.org/10.1108/17468770610670965

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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