Three essays on social / political structures and ICTs use

SeungEui Ryu, University of Texas at El Paso


My research identifies how social structures affect the use of the Internet and/or a mobile chat application and how the Internet impacts the political structure of a nation. In my first essay of the 3-essay dissertation, I am designing three models based on social structure theory that are used to study the Internet and a popular mobile chat application's use by managers in South Korea, with the help of a survey instrument. In my first essay, the contribution is on i) testing a model of manager's personal behavior on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use at the individual level involving managers only ii) understanding social structure characteristics that play a part in technology use, iii) linking the theories of technology acceptance, social structure and adoption/use of ICT and iv) comparing constructs that predict the use of e-mail by the Internet and mobile chat using a mobile messaging application (called "Kakao talk"), applying the well-known Peterson and Smith framework. The second essay studies the relationship between social structures and use of ICTs at the cross-national level using national and multiple-level models. To explore the relationship between the use of e-mail and social structures (roles, rules and norms), a survey instrument is derived from multiple population surveys that include 3,277 managers from 21 European and four Asian countries. The third essay contributes to the development of a model that examines the role of the Internet on democracy development in these four Asian nations using a Partial Least Squares approach for analysis.^

Subject Area

Information Technology|Political Science, Public Administration|Sociology, Organization Theory|Web Studies

Recommended Citation

Ryu, SeungEui, "Three essays on social / political structures and ICTs use" (2014). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1564697.