ERIC Number: ED357401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-2
Cultural Influences and Corporate Decision Making: The Humanities/Information Systems Partnership.
Skovira, Robert J.
Robert Morris College received a national Endowment for the Humanities grant to create a faculty study project to internationalize the humanities curriculum. The Humanities can play a role in building the cultural contexts and contributing to a deeper understanding of information-based corporate decision making in Information Systems courses, especially in decision support systems and management information systems courses. In a seminar format, a college professor pursued the construction of relationships between Chinese and Japanese concepts and the systems discussed in such courses. The seminar began with an expose of Gao Yuan's "Thirty Six Strategems" of ancient China, which are easily contrasted with the Confucian approach as read in the "Analects." These two very different cultural traditions can be viewed as a union of opposites or an application of the Yin and Yang strategies to decision making. Another perspective for decision making can be found in the Lao Tzu. When studied as a cultural insider, decision making is mysterious; to cultural outsiders, it seems as if it is impossible. Studies of decision making indicate that the decision maker's cognitive style is important in the design of decision support systems. The building of conceptual bridges from one culture to another is a difficult affair. (A chart indicating how the cultural traditions of the "Strategems" and the Confucian Way can be viewed and a table graphically indicating the relationship of the Confucian Way, the Strategems, and decision making are included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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