Women's Internet Usage In University Setting In Malaysia And The United Kingdom: A Comparative Case Study

Kalthom, Husain (2010) Women's Internet Usage In University Setting In Malaysia And The United Kingdom: A Comparative Case Study. Masters thesis, University of Brighton.

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The revolution in information technology has resulted in innovations that are having increasingly important effects on the life of their users, in both their personal and work lives. In particular, the Internet and associated applications such as email and the World Wide Web have had profound impacts over the last twenty or so years that they have been in widespread use, raising issues about various types of "digital divide," including that between more and less developed nations. This thesis reports a study carried out on two continents, Europe and Asia, to compare and contrast the adoption of these innovations in a roughly comparable context, that of a University department. Interviews were carried out with 27 women drawn from administrative and academic staff in the University of Brighton (UK) and Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan (Malaysia). The results were analysed under the following themes: 1. Differential email usage patterns; 2. Differential web usage patterns; 3. Affective issues around the use of email and Web; 4. Perceptions of the role of the Internet in everyday life; 5. Computer-Mediated and Non-Computer-Mediated communication The findings are explored in relation to current theories of technology adoption, principally Roger's Diffusion of Innovation Theory. While Rogers' theory serves as a useful descriptive model, a further step is needed to provide explanations for some of the phenomena found, and this is provided by Hofstede's model of cultural dimensions.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personal Internet use in the workplace, Internet users -- Research, Internet industry -- Research, Internet
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Library > Tesis > PBPI
Library > Disertasi > PBPI
Depositing User: Burairah Hussin
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2015 07:39
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2015 09:17
URI: http://eprints.utem.edu.my/id/eprint/14555
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