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dc.contributor.authorShaaban, Hussein Khamisen
dc.contributor.authorConrad, Marcen
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-24T11:25:05Z
dc.date.available2014-10-24T11:25:05Z
dc.date.issued2013
dc.identifier.citationShaaban, H., Conrad, M. (2013) 'Democracy, culture and information security: a case study in Zanzibar' Information Management & Computer Security, 21 (3):191en
dc.identifier.issn0968-5227
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/IMCS-09-2012-0057
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10547/333146
dc.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of culture on information security in a developing country's view. Design/methodology/approach – Two questionnaires adopted from the GLOBE project and OCAI were used to collect quantitative data on national and organisational culture. Also, a face to face semi‐structured interview was used to get insight into deep‐rooted issues concerning information security in the study environment. In addition, a previous study was used to find correlation of the data in this study. Findings – The findings show that national culture has more influence than organisation culture on information security. We find that the dimensions that influence information security are Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, In‐Group Collectivism, and Future Orientation. Research limitations/implications – This research was conducted in a public sector environment with employees thereby limiting external validity. Also, the population of the survey was small to make a generalisation of the findings. Also, the length of the questionnaire and complexity of questions put off many potential respondents. Practical implications – Culture has impact on information security implementation and therefore the results imply that some consideration should be given when implementing information security models. Originality/value – This study is important because it empirically correlates information security with cultural dimensions in a developing country's environment.
dc.description.sponsorshipState University of Zanzibar, World Banken
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limiteden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/IMCS-09-2012-0057en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Information Management & Computer Securityen
dc.subjectinformation securityen
dc.subjectnational culturesen
dc.subjectdemocracyen
dc.subjectZanzibaren
dc.titleDemocracy, culture and information security: a case study in Zanzibaren
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Bedfordshireen
dc.identifier.journalInformation Management & Computer Securityen
html.description.abstractPurpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of culture on information security in a developing country's view. Design/methodology/approach – Two questionnaires adopted from the GLOBE project and OCAI were used to collect quantitative data on national and organisational culture. Also, a face to face semi‐structured interview was used to get insight into deep‐rooted issues concerning information security in the study environment. In addition, a previous study was used to find correlation of the data in this study. Findings – The findings show that national culture has more influence than organisation culture on information security. We find that the dimensions that influence information security are Power Distance, Uncertainty Avoidance, In‐Group Collectivism, and Future Orientation. Research limitations/implications – This research was conducted in a public sector environment with employees thereby limiting external validity. Also, the population of the survey was small to make a generalisation of the findings. Also, the length of the questionnaire and complexity of questions put off many potential respondents. Practical implications – Culture has impact on information security implementation and therefore the results imply that some consideration should be given when implementing information security models. Originality/value – This study is important because it empirically correlates information security with cultural dimensions in a developing country's environment.


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