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    • "Social influence is defined as the degree to which an individual perceives that others believe he or she should use the new system (Venkatesh et al., 2003). There is strong evidence that the attitudes and behaviours of other individuals in a user's social and work circles significantly impacts the user's actions regarding technology use (Fulk, Schmitz & Steinfield 1990; Kraut, Rice, Cool & Fish, 1998; Rice, Grant, Schmitz & Torobin, 1990; Schmitz & Fulk, 1991; Yuan, Fulk & Shumate, 2005). When new technologies are implemented within an organisation, institutional and social influence may arise because individuals experience ambiguity and uncertainty about the value of a new information technology for their work (Weick, 1990). "
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    ABSTRACT: Businesses that are implementing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems are becoming more concerned with, and realising the importance of, end-user acceptance, a key success factor of ERP implementations (Tchokogué, Bareil & Duguay, 2005, Calisir & Calisir, 2004). Previous research concerning ERP acceptance has been based on the popular Technology Acceptance Model first proposed by Davis (1989). Criticism against applying the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to examine ERP acceptance is that the use of an ERP is mandatory while an implicit assumption of TAM is that users of the information systems have some level of choice with regard to the extent that they use the technology. This research paper aims to investigate the factors that affect end-user acceptance of ERP systems and is primarily based on the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) first proposed by Venkatesh, Morris, Davis and Davis (2003). UTAUT is considered as an improvement on the TAM models when evaluating end-user acceptance of ERP systems because it purports to consider the mandatory nature of ERP systems. This paper evaluates the factors that make up UTAUT and leads to the proposal of a research model that is an adjustment of UTAUT. The model contains the dependant variable symbolic adoption that has been shown to better indicate end-user acceptance of mandatory technologies by Nah, Tan and Teh (2004). The research model is validated through a 2006 survey of users of the PeopleSoft Student Administration System at the University of Cape Town and subsequent quantitative analysis. The PeopleSoft system is mainly used for the maintenance of access to student related data and for student processes such as registration and graduation. The factors, performance expectancy ; effort expectancy; project communication; training and shared belief were all found to be antecedents to symbolic adoption and age was found to have a moderating influence on the relationships between:  Effort expectancy and symbolic adoption .  Training and symbolic adoption .  Shared belief and symbolic adoption.  Project communication and symbolic adoption. These findings should be of relevance to future researchers and to organisations that intend installing ERP systems. It is hoped that practitioners pay attention to these factors that can influence end-user acceptance of a new ERP system.
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    • "Social interaction theories were developed as an alternative to the rational media choice models and look beyond physical attributes of media and consider the social dynamics of the media selection process. These theories suggest that media perceptions are subjective, partly influenced by social factors, and vary across individuals and contexts (Fulk, Steinfield, Schmitz & Power, 1987; Fulk, Schmitz & Steinfield, 1990). Choice is therefore influenced by other users, past behaviour, and existing social norms. "
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    ABSTRACT: This paper is concerned with why managers use the World Wide Web as a channel for information acquisition. The study involved a case study involving eight senior managers in a large organisation. The study found that web-based information acquisition by managers is a complex socio-technical activity. The web may not be as important to managers as it is for other classes of knowledge workers and the reasons for this lie in the equivocal, ambiguous, and uncertain nature of managerial tasks. However, managers do use the web as an institutionalised information channel.
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    • "Social presence is defined as the degree to which a user feels personal connection with others (Fulk et al., 1990). In computer-mediated communication, users' satisfaction or performance largely depends on the quality of users' perception of connection with others (Biocca et al., 2003), and thus it has frequently appeared in studies on web user behavior. "
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    ABSTRACT: Despite an exponentially increasing number of registered users, social virtual worlds have the problem of a high user attrition rate. It is thus meaningful to explore which factors influence users' continued use of social virtual worlds. The current study attempts to find these factors in unique characteristics (e.g., 3-dimentional environment, avatar interaction, and user empowerment) in the world, which can be sources for retaining users. Specifically, the study employs the sense of presence and perceived autonomy. 194 users of Second Life, which is the largest social virtual world, participated in the survey. The findings support the argument that the sense of presence and autonomy are influential in users' continued use of social virtual worlds.
    Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 07/2011; 16(4):492-510. DOI:10.1111/j.1083-6101.2011.01540.x · 2.17 Impact Factor
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