Communications of the IIMA


This study is part of a larger study that explores societal and organizational culture factors that influence the adoption of information systems (IS) in Libya’s Oil and Banking sectors (Twati & Gammack, 2004; 2006). Using a structured survey questionnaire based on the work of Geert Hofstede’s Value Survey Module (VSM 94), 400 questionnaires were administrated to middle and top management employees in more than 15 government and public organizations in the two named industry sectors. The findings showed that there is a direct positive relationship between Hofstede’s (1980) societal culture dimensions and the adoption of IS. The findings also showed that there are no differences in the societal culture dimensions between the two sectors covered in this study. This implies that the adoption of IS is influenced by societal culture and other factors, which are worthy of investigating. The future implications of this research are also discussed.