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Doodle around the world: Online scheduling behavior reflects cultural differences in time perception and group decision-making


Reinecke, Katharina; Nguyen, M K; Bernstein, Abraham; Näf, Michael; Gajos, Krzysztof Z (2013). Doodle around the world: Online scheduling behavior reflects cultural differences in time perception and group decision-making. In: 2013 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2013), San Antonio, Texas, 23 February 2013 - 27 February 2013, 45-54.

Abstract

Event scheduling is a group decision-making process in which social dynamics influence people’s choices and the overall outcome. As a result, scheduling is not simply a matter of finding a mutually agreeable time, but a process that is shaped by social norms and values, which can highly vary between countries. To investigate the influence of national culture on people’s scheduling behavior we analyzed more than 1.5 million Doodle date/time polls from 211 countries. We found strong correlations between characteristics of national culture and several behavioral phenomena, such as that poll participants from collectivist countries respond earlier, agree to fewer options but find more consensus than predominantly individualist societies. Our study provides empirical evidence of behavioral differences in group decision-making and time perception with implications for cross-cultural collaborative work.

Abstract

Event scheduling is a group decision-making process in which social dynamics influence people’s choices and the overall outcome. As a result, scheduling is not simply a matter of finding a mutually agreeable time, but a process that is shaped by social norms and values, which can highly vary between countries. To investigate the influence of national culture on people’s scheduling behavior we analyzed more than 1.5 million Doodle date/time polls from 211 countries. We found strong correlations between characteristics of national culture and several behavioral phenomena, such as that poll participants from collectivist countries respond earlier, agree to fewer options but find more consensus than predominantly individualist societies. Our study provides empirical evidence of behavioral differences in group decision-making and time perception with implications for cross-cultural collaborative work.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Language:English
Event End Date:27 February 2013
Deposited On:19 Mar 2013 08:29
Last Modified:02 Aug 2017 21:34
Publisher:ACM
Series Name:Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
ISBN:978-1-4503-1331-5
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2441776.2441784
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:7648

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