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Diffusion of Innovation Theory and the Problem of Context for Inter-Organizational Information Systems: The Example of Feral Information Systems

Diffusion of Innovation Theory and the Problem of Context for Inter-Organizational Information Systems: The Example of Feral Information Systems
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Author(s): Luke Houghton (Griffith University, Australia) and Don Kerr (University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 13
Source title: Inter-Organizational Information Systems and Business Management: Theories for Researchers
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kishor Vaidya (University of Canberra, Australia & Southern Queensland University, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-768-5.ch013

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Abstract

This chapter argues that diffusion theory models like the technology acceptance model (TAM) need to be rethought of in light of contextual factors that are becoming increasingly important in modern inter-organisational settings. This is due to the growing complexity of organizations with respect to different organisational types, contexts, and political structures that have been shown in research literature to hinder information systems acceptance. The chapter looks at possible contextual factors that are ignored by TAM by critiquing its parent diffusion theory (diffusion of innovations). This approach was considered best as there are many variations of TAM, but the diffusion of innovations (DOI) theory underlies all these variations. The chapter also recommends a way forward for research into inter-organisational information systems by examining an example situation of Feral Information Systems (FIS) to illustrate the problem. The chapter concludes with a discussion about future research directions.

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