Title

What influences ERP beliefs - Logical evaluation or imitation?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2010

Department

Management and International Business

Abstract

Various models have been proposed to explain information technology (IT) adoption behavior. However, these models are based primarily on logical deliberation. In reality, it is impossible to obtain perfect information for a logical evaluation of new or emerging IT. In this situation, sometimes the "best alternative" is imitation. This study proposed an integrated model (based on diffusion of innovation and imitation models) that examines the effect of these two opposing forces on the beliefs of enterprise resource planning (ERP). This study also explored how these relationships were affected by the temporal effect of adoption, as well as the extent of implementation. Our findings indicate that imitative forces, along with logical evaluations, are shown to have a consistent direct effect and significant indirect effect on beliefs. Our study also indicates that ERP adoption time and extent have different effects on imitation and logical evaluation behaviors. Hence, imitative forces play a crucial role in the decision-making process, which opens up a new avenue for research into technology adoption. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Decision Support Systems

Volume

50

Issue

1

First Page

203

Last Page

212