oa South African Journal of Information Management - Importance of global business information : perceptions of students in Hungary, Romania, South Africa and the United States

Volume 8 Number 3
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



This research examined to what extent university students on three continents perceive the need for business information and information systems to have a global context. A questionnaire was administered to 2073 third- and fourth-year students (mainly studying business and information systems) in Hungary, Romania, South Africa and the United States. The first three countries were chosen because of their recent significant political changes. Results showed that the South African students displayed significantly more interest in international information to support their business decision making upon graduation than those of the other countries. In one of three questions, the United States students displayed a more international attitude than Romania and Hungary. Within South Africa the strongest perceptions of the need for global information came from females and those with a Black first language. It appears as if those who had traditionally been on the wrong side of the 'digital divide' most favoured the use of global information and systems capable of delivering it. South Africans with English as first language supported the use of international information significantly more than English speakers in the United States. Further research is suggested to confirm these results and to uncover reasons for them.

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