Social information processing theory (SIPT): A cultural perspective for international online communication environments

Bolanle A. Olaniran, Natasha Rodriguez, Indi M. Williams

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Abstract

The Social Information Processing Theory (SIPT) proposes that given time and opportunity to interact, relationships between individuals can form in online environments. Although not an overt assumption of the SIPT, it is essential to understand how cultural factors are important components of any CMC interaction. The power of the SIPT lies within its ability to foster communication between individuals through communicative behavior that is valued by the other's culture. Therefore, Social Information Processing has the potential to aid the development of trust between virtual team members, establishing group cohesion, and accentuating cross-communication within international work groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer-Mediated Communication across Cultures
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Interactions in Online Environments
PublisherIGI-Global
Pages45-65
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9781609608330
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StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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Olaniran, B. A., Rodriguez, N., & Williams, I. M. (2011). Social information processing theory (SIPT): A cultural perspective for international online communication environments. In Computer-Mediated Communication across Cultures: International Interactions in Online Environments (pp. 45-65). IGI-Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-833-0.ch004