Women's Internet Usage in University Settings in Malaysia and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Case Study
Women’s Internet usage in University settings in Malaysia and United Kingdom: A Comparative Case Study
The revolution in information technology (IT) has resulted in innovations that are having increasingly visible affects on the life its users. These developments are shaping social lives and behaviors, but to date there has been no study tracking the impact of information technology on face-to-face communication and other modes of communication at workplace. Hence this dissertation attempts to examine women’s Internet usage in university settings in two countries; an Asian country, Malaysia and a western country, United Kingdom. The two universities selected in this case study are Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia (henceforth KUTKM) and University of Brighton (henceforth UB). This study is motivated by the desire to explore women’s Internet experiences and perspectives concerning their use of email and World Wide Web (henceforth WWW). That is to say, its aim is to investigate what women themselves say about their use of email and Web and how it affects face-to-face communication with their colleague, friends, subordinates and superiors at workplace
A semi-structured interview was carried out among forty women of whom twenty interviewees are academics and twenty interviewees are administrative staff from the sites mentioned. The findings of this comparative case study will become a bench mark for KUTKM in particular to review Information Technology programme that further enhance the betterment of the organization.
Keywords: Women's Internet Usage, In Malaysia and United Kingdom, Comparative Case Study
Mrs Kalthom Husain
Lecturer, Academic service Centre, Kolej Universiti Teknikal Kebangsaan Malaysia, ayer Keroh, Melaka