Considerable research investigates information technology (IT) adoption at the individual or organizational level. However, scholars have noted the potential observer and recall biases and the disconnection between individual and organizational IT adoption research. Based on Innovation Diffusion Theory, this study analyzes an existing archival dataset, O*NET, to explore the relationships between occupational characteristics (e.g. adaptability, gender composition, analytical thinking) and the adoption of emergent information technologies (EIT). Correlation test results based on 69 business occupations suggest that the socioeconomic status and occupational values of a profession are generally associated with its usage of EIT. Nevertheless, this research shows mixed associations between IT adoption and occupational communication behavior. In addition, we find that professionalism and the working activities might play a moderating role in IT adoption by occupations. Those results help triangulate previous explorations of organizational and individual IT adoption and yield implications for further investigations.
Stone, Dan and Shen, Wei-Cheng, "An Archival Analysis of the Usage of Emergent Information Technologies among Business Occupations" (2008). DIGIT 2008 Proceedings. 4.