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Understanding behavioural intention to use information technology: Insights from humanitarian practitioners

Kabra, Gaurav, Ramesh, A., Akhtar, Pervaiz, Dash, Manoj Kumar (2017) Understanding behavioural intention to use information technology: Insights from humanitarian practitioners. Telematics and Informatics, 34 (7). pp. 1250-1261. ISSN 0736-5853. (doi:10.1016/j.tele.2017.05.010) (KAR id:75444)

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The contemporary research in the area of individual technology adoption mainly focuses on commercial supply chains. However, limited research focuses on the context of humanitarian supply chains. This calls to develop structural models that can scrutinize the technology adoption behaviour of the users in the humanitarian context. Therefore, this study is an attempt to empirically examine the technology adoption behaviour of humanitarian organizations. It extends the unified theory of the acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) model by integrating personal innovativeness and trust in technology with the behavioural intention to adopt technology in the humanitarian context. Data from 192 humanitarian practitioners, who have experienced a large number of disasters, is utilized to empirically validate the conceptual model. The structural equation modelling results show that - out of four constructs namely performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence and facilitating conditions under UTAUT - performance expectancy and effort expectancy significantly affect the IT adoption. Contrary to expectations, trust and personal innovation do not affect the behavioural intention. Also, personal innovation does not moderate the relationship between performance expectancy and effort expectancy. This underlines the need to foster a learning culture within these organizations. The efforts made by involved humanitarian organizations may be directed towards improving the level of education, skills and facilitating them with other resources such as appropriate IT and data mining training, so that the technology adoption becomes an integral part of their daily activities. Finally, detailed implications for humanitarian organizations are discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.tele.2017.05.010
Uncontrolled keywords: Humanitarian logistics, Humanitarian supply chain management, Information technology, Supply chain management, Technology adoption, Unified theory of acceptance and use of technology, Data mining, Information technology, Personnel training, Societies and institutions, Supply chain management, Behavioural intentions, Facilitating conditions, Humanitarian logistics, Personal innovativeness, Structural equation modelling, Technology adoption, Trust in technologies, Unified theory of acceptance and use of technology, Engineering education
Divisions: Divisions > Kent Business School - Division > Kent Business School (do not use)
Depositing User: Pervaiz Akhtar
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2019 09:10 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:06 UTC
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