Users’ attitudes depict one of the main determinants, why individuals use information systems. However, in the basic theoretical understanding of social psychology research attitude could be shaped in two different ways; attitude formation and attitude change. Within this paper, both attitude research streams are theoretically reflected as well as observed in IT adoption literature using data of a scientometric analysis of the following 14 top journals of the IS field according to several journal rankings. The results represent a domination of attitude formation and show that 90% of the articles applied this form. Additionally, it could be revealed that the Theories of Reasoned Action and Planned Behavior are the most applied underlyings for attitude formation. Furthermore, two interesting aspects could be outlined. Concerning attitude change, besides being by definition a construct to describe dynamic structures with a process-based measurement, 44% of the articles found used underlying theories for static structures with a moment-based measurement.
Kroenung, Julia and Eckhardt, Andreas, "Reflecting Attitude In It Adoption Research – Theoretical Considerations And Scientometric Evaluations" (2012). PACIS 2012 Proceedings. 19.