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Proposed Study of End-User Perceptions Regarding Tablet PCs

Proposed Study of End-User Perceptions Regarding Tablet PCs
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Author(s): Merrill Warkentin (Mississippi State University, USA), Ernst Bekkering (Mississippi State University, USA), Mark B. Schmidt (Mississippi State University, USA) and Allen Johnston (Mississippi State University, USA)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 2
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch110
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Tablet PCs were first introduced in 1989. Since then, their use has been limited to niche markets. Recently, they demonstrate the potential to replace notebooks, or even desktop computers, as the computing platform of choice. Reviews in the popular literature are generally supportive ((Arar 2001), (Freed et al. 2002), (McLeod 2003), (Metz 2003), (Villano 2003)).Our study uses Expectancy Theory to examine end-users’ perceptions of and motivation to use Tablet PCs. Applicants to a Veterinary College in the southeastern United States, who are required to use Tablet PCs in their program of study, will complete a judgment modeling exercise included in the standard application package for the academic year 2004-2005. Results from our study will increase understanding of new technology adoption and successful implementation of Tablet PCs in the workplace.

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