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Personal Computing: Toward a Conceptual Model of Utilization

Ronald L. Thompson, Christopher A. Higgins and Jane M. Howell
MIS Quarterly
Vol. 15, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 125-143
DOI: 10.2307/249443
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/249443
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Abstract

Organizations continue to invest heavily in personal computers for their knowledge workers. When use is optional, however, having access to the technology by no means ensures it will be used or used effectively. To help us gain a better understanding of factors that influence the use of personal computers, researchers have recently adapted the theory of reasoned action proposed by Fishbein and Azjen (1975). This study uses a competing theory of behavior proposed by Triandis (1980). Responses were collected from 212 knowledge workers in nine divisions of a multi-national firm, and the measures and research hypotheses were analyzed using partial least squares (PLS). The results show that social norms and three components of expected consequences (complexity of use, fit between the job and PC capabilities, and long-term consequences) have a strong influence on utilization. These findings confirm the importance of the expected consequences of using PC technology, suggesting that training programs and organizational policies could be instituted to enhance or modify these expectations.

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