Symbols as cultural expressions of technology diffusion

Ojiako, Udechukwu and Aleke, Bartholomew (2011) Symbols as cultural expressions of technology diffusion. Society and Business Review, 6 (3). pp. 198-213. ISSN 1745-5680

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17465681111170966

Abstract

Purpose - In the literature, technology has been shown to perform two major roles, one functionalist and the second symbolic. The authors focus on exploring how cultural expressions in the form of symbols impact on technology diffusion.
Design/methodology/approach - Data were obtained primarily through qualitative research (semi-structured interviews, document analysis and field notes/observation). Data analysis and coding was conducted using template analysis (Atlas.ti).
Findings - The findings of the research suggest that an understanding of the symbolic role of technology in the form of ‘space’, physical structures, communication facilitators and a status symbol may enhance the success of its adoption among indigenous agribusinesses.
Research limitations/implications - The study is limited by its focus on a select set of symbolic dimensions of culture. Emphasising a limited set of cultural dimensions assumes that other imperatives may not have a high impact on technology diffusion.
Originality/value - The focus in this case is on small scale indigenous agribusinesses (SSAs) operating in the South East of Nigeria. We employ broader social anthropological and sociological theories which lie outside the parameters of standard technology adoption and diffusion of innovation theories to support our study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agriculture, diffusion, national cultures, Nigeria
Subjects: D400 Agriculture
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2011 09:12
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2287

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