Volume 5 Issue 1

Authors: Shahnaz Bashir; Abel Usoro; Imran Khan

Abstract: The paper identifies relationships between Hofstede’s cultural dimensions and knowledge sharing in the context of virtual communities. A quantitative research design was applied. Data were collected from U.K. Lenovo, Slovakia Lenovo and China Lenovo. Research accessed national samples from identical jobs based in three different countries, all within a single corporation. The societal cultural factors demonstrate significant relationships with knowledge sharing in VCs. Results also indicated that these factors differ among employees in the three participating countries. The findings were based on only three cultures: British, Chinese and Slovakian. The conclusion of this research project will benefit those who are directly or indirectly involved in the development of knowledge sharing plans and strategies. This study provides empirical evidence of the relationship between Hofstede’s cultural model and knowledge sharing in a virtual community context.

Keywords: Knowledge Management; Knowledge Sharing; Virtual Community; Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions


Authors: Karim Ouazzane; Sajid Afzal; Vassil Vassilev; Kaushik C. Patel; Althaff Irfan

Abstract: One of a current research challenge is the development of efficient and secure technologies for next generation Web 2.0 based enterprise e-business solutions for the e-retail sector. In an effort to avoid the shortcomings of the request management component in SOAW2, this paper introduces an enhanced Web 2.0 framework called W2ASVB (i.e. Web 2.0 Architecture for Service and View Brokerage). The framework enhances SOAW2 with two fundamental improvements: an addition of a Request Broker function and a replacement of Supporting Functions with Service Adapters. A layered representation of the framework is also designed. This framework provides small retailers with an e-business transformation solution by customizing their e-businesses according to their individual needs.

Keywords: e-business Framework; Request Broker; Business Work Flow


Authors: Abdulwahab S. Bin Shmailan

Abstract: There is evidence that private organizations which utilize online sales must increase their presence as online sales continue to grow annually around the world and in Gulf counties, particularly in Saudi Arabia. This study reviews 120 private Saudi Arabian organizations to evaluate their online products and services in relation to their traditional sales. The aim of this study is to identify the percentage of online sales enacted by organizations in Saudi Arabia, and to investigate the percentage of advertising that has moved to an online format rather than traditional advertising methods. This research identifies the obstacles and motivations facing Saudi organizations which utilize online sales platforms.

Keywords: Challenges; Motivation; Online Sales; Saudi Arabia; Private Organizations