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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

Utilizing the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model developed by Venkatesh, et al. (2003) this study extends our understanding of technology acceptance, provides insights into the use of UTAUT as a tool to increase our understanding of acceptance, and identifies areas that administrators should consider when proposing a new technology in a College of Business setting. UTAUT is a useful tool for managers to predict the likelihood of success for new technology introductions and helps managers understand the drivers of acceptance in order to proactively design interventions targeted at users that may be less inclined to adopt and use new systems. The Tablet PC is a new technology being introduced in various settings including faculty and student use in higher education. This study applies UTAUT prescriptively as a management tool to asses the user acceptance of Tablet PCs by the faculty of a College of Business at a large university in the United States. The results largely validate UTAUT, although the findings suggest that certain variables, namely performance expectancy and voluntariness, are the most salient drivers of acceptance when applied to business faculty in higher education.

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