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The Culturally Customized Web Site


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Culture: The New Imperative in Web Design
Chapter 2: The Rationale for Cultural Customization
Chapter 3: A Cultural Values Framework for Web Design
Chapter 4: Cultural Customization: Individualism-Collectivism
Chapter 5: Cultural Customization: Uncertainty Avoidance
Chapter 6: Cultural Customization: Power Distance
Chapter 7: Cultural Customization: Masculinity-Femininity
Chapter 8: Cultural Customization: High-Low Context
Chapter 9: Cultural Customization: The Future is Here

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* The first book to offer a scientifically developed and validated theoretical framework to culturally customize websites * Offers practical guidelines to marketing professionals in international marketplaces and challenges the practice of global marketing with a single approach * Provides visual illustrations on the power of culture in influencing web browsing & buying behaviors

About the Author

Associate Professor in Marketing and Finance at the California State U. at Chico. He has done extensive research and writing on e-commerce and marketing localization on the web. Associate Professor in Marketing at St. Louis University. His recent research areas include cross-cultural consumerism and product entry into international markets.


"Although Web globalization may be inevitable for most companies, successful Web globalization is not. Every culture and country is loaded with symbolism, slang and hidden meanings. It is critically important to fully understand the subtleties of each culture you are targeting before you launch your Web site. The Culturally Customized Website is a valuable tool for helping executives successfully localize their Web sites for countries and cultures around the world. It blends a wide array of anecdotal and research-based data to help executives be more effective in this increasingly global economy." -- John Yunker, President, Byte Level Research; Author of Beyond Borders: Web Globalization Strategies "If the Web is to be truly World-wide, web sites cannot be designed with cookie-cutter templates with a "one style fits all" attitude. Rather, the web site must resonate with the cultural context it operates in and to do this what is needed is not cosmetic localization, but rather "cultural customization"--the topic of this book. Too often, one is confronted with web sites that are do not account for their intrinsic global access and potential appeal. Professors Singh and Pereira provide interested readers with a methodology to achieve cultural customization for their web site based on solid empirical research achieving that rare balance of rigor and relevance. Examples are used throughout the book to emphasize arguments and the book is accessible to readers at various levels. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to build brands in a global online marketplace." -- Sandeep Krishnamurthy, Associate Professor of Marketing and E-Commerce, University of Washington, Bothell; author, Contemporary Research in E-marketing, and E-Commerce Management: Text and Cases "This timely volume is clear and concise in writing and presentation. It is well organized and profusely illustrated with shots of various Web sites. This useful work is especially welcome as a harbinger of the future of e-commerce. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All collections." - Choice

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