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Abstract

This panel discusses “cultural factors in information behavior.” Our special concern is understanding the relation between nationality and information behavior. While many studies have been conducted to investigate the relations between national/cultural factors and information behavior, there is little research regarding the “meaning of nationality in information behavior.” We assume that information behavior would be considerably influenced by nationality, therefore, information systems in a nation, to be successful, should be based on its national traits. Thus the purposes of this panel are to raise a research regarding the “meaning of nationality in information behavior,” and to test the positiveness of the proposed relation theoretically. To the end, at this preliminary stage we are going to explore the relation through comparing Koreans and Japanese. In details, we are going to (1) identify the differences in personal traits between Koreans and Japanese, (2) explore the relation between nationality and information behavior, (3) investigate the relation between personal traits and information behavior, and finally (4) figure out the relative significance in information behavior between nationality and personality.