This paper investigates the reciprocal relationship between application specific computer self-efficacy (AS-CSE), causal attributions, and the role of these attributions in the transfer of efficacy estimations from one software package to another. We argue that in the computing domain, attributions of performance in one software application will also affect efficacy estimations on software within the same application environment, despite the fact that different skill sets may be required for each. To investigate this, a field study will be conducted to investigate the relationship between AS-CSE, attributions, and the transfer of efficacy from spreadsheet software to database software. This study contributes to the literature by providing researchers with a deeper understanding of the role of attributions in software skill acquisition, not only in the original application domain but also its role in efficacy transfer. Initial results will be presented at the conference.
Li, Yuzhu and Johnson, Richard, "Attribution and Computer Self Efficacy Transfer in Software Skill Acquisition" (2005). AMCIS 2005 Proceedings. 377.