This study investigates the information sources of general computer self-efficacy suggested by its origin in Social Cognitive Theory. These antecedents are rarely explored in the literature, and much of the focus has been on personal experiences or environmental factors. A re-examination of the theoretical foundation of self-efficacy suggests a broader set of antecedents. Selecting business students as the research subject, we propose and test a comprehensive nomological network of computer self-efficacy with seven antecedents and two consequences—computer attitudes and MIS intention (defined as one’s intention to select MIS for his/her future study and career). The results support that computer knowledge, current computing experiences, computer anxiety, and age affected the formation and development of computer self-efficacy among the sampled students; computer self-efficacy and social norms had strong effects on computer attitudes and MIS intention. Implications for both research and MIS education are discussed.
He, Jun and Freeman, Lee A.
"Understanding the Formation of General Computer Self-Efficacy,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems:
Vol. 26, Article 12.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol26/iss1/12