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Societal Transformation: Its Impact on Computer Usage in the Workplace

Societal Transformation: Its Impact on Computer Usage in the Workplace
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Author(s): Michael B. Knight (Southern Illinois University, USA), Leon Crosby (Southern Illinois University, USA) and J. Michael Pearson
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 5
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.ch085
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


As the changing demographics of the workplace affects organizations, the need to reexamine relationships between these demographic variables and their affect on the organization continues. This study provides an empirical examination of the affect two demographic variables, age and gender, and any moderating impact of anxiety, enjoyment, and/or peer pressure may have on computer usage. Based on our analysis of 352 knowledge workers, we identified no significant difference between men and women and/or young and old regarding their computer usage in the workplace. Therefore, the findings from this study do not seem to support earlier research regarding age and gender when determining computer usage. However, the moderating construct (anxiety) did appear to be significant in the employee’s computer usage.

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