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The impact of culture on information behaviour: A case study of the polio eradication campaigns in Nigeria

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posted on 13.01.2017, 15:41 by Kunle Amidu, Janet Harrison, Wendy Olphert
Human beings actively seek information to utilise it for various reasons, especially to increase their knowledge and understanding for effective decision making and during problem-solving. However, individuals and societies are likely to have their specific patterns of information behaviours (IB), which is widely determined by their specific values and cultures. Although, various studies have generated extensive literature differentiating IB based on individuals, professional group or culture group, most of the literature simply report the differences without pointing out the underlying factors causing these differences. By considering IB evolutionarily, and linking it to all the factors of culture, such as language, tradition and religion, this study focused on the way people in Nigeria relates with the polio eradication campaign. It was found that cultural orientation greatly impacted on the way people across Nigeria relates with the polio campaign as a consequence of IB of the people within the north and south of Nigeria. The findings revealed that information interpretations, as well as the understanding derived from information, are not completely based on cognition but in the current socio-cultural interpretation of that information.

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School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

European Conference on Knowledge Management

Citation

AMIDU, K., HARRISON, J. and OLPHERT, W., 2016. The impact of culture on information behaviour: A case study of the polio eradication campaigns in Nigeria. IN: Moffert, S. and Galbraith, B. (eds.) Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM 16), Ulster University, 1st-2nd Sept.

Publisher

Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

13/06/2016

Publication date

2016

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

9781911218029

ISSN

2048-8963

Language

en

Location

Ulster Unuiversity