Blogtalk Downunder
   May 19-22, Sydney

21/6/2005

Implications of culture

Filed under: General — Ash @ 9:00 pm

I was fascinated by Thomas Burg’s talk (and the fortuitously timed comments that matched the projectors tantrums).

Something I thought was pertinent but not mentioned was the cultural dimension. Assuming that this project was launched in Germany, a supposedly monochronic society of low context, that excels in linear, heirarchical and compartmentalised work practices - perhaps the technology wasn’t the main flaw? What if the culture just didn’t suit the concept?

As part of his theories on monochronic and low context peoples, Edward T. Hall purported that German society encourages workers to do their work and in general, “keep their head down”. They apparently favour adhering to time, and budgets over deep relationships to achieve goals in work. On the other hand, high context, polychronic societies such as the French, or certain Asian and Mediterranean areas, lean more toward relationships. The more people you know - and know well - the more you can achieve. Why wait in a line when you can call a friend?

Perhaps these polychronic societies would be a better test bed for technologyLog?

1 Comment

  1. Hi James, thanks, interesting stuff. Will have a look on ET Hall
    We have some working user groups on the platform and will further develop on those users. From my point of view it is indeed a cultural and organizational issue. And it is also an issue of (digital) literacy. And to make that sure: projects like that depend up tp 80% on organizational challenges.

    BTW: the URL http://www.technologylog.at and the project is Austrian.

    Cheers Thomas

    Comment by Thomas N. Burg (subscribed to comments) — 22/6/2005 @ 4:32 pm

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