Adoption of Technologies for Virtual Work

  • Stefano Renzi
  • Jane Klobas
  • Paul Jackson
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)


A prerequisite for the success of a virtual organization is use of the technology that enables people to communicate and collaborate with one another across time, distance and organizational boundaries. In this chapter, we examine factors that motivate and enable members of the organization to use the information and communications technology (ICT) that underpins the virtual organization. The research was guided by Ajzen’s theory of planned behavior [1] which, when applied to technology use, enables us to distinguish between four different sets of influences: beliefs about outcomes of use, social influences on use, perceived control of use and external factors that facilitate or obstruct use (see Fig. 8.1.).


Knowledge Sharing Internet Access Plan Behavior Potential User Virtual Work 
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    Ajzen I (1991) The theory of planned behavior. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes 50:179–211CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Klobas JE (1995) Beyond information quality: fitness for purpose and electronic information resource use. Journal of Information Science 21:95–114CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Renzi
    • 1
  • Jane Klobas
    • 2
    • 3
  • Paul Jackson
    • 4
  1. 1.Istituto di Metodi QuantitativiUniversità BocconiMilanItaly
  2. 2.Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social DynamicsUniversità BocconiMilanItaly
  3. 3.UWA Business SchoolUniversity of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia
  4. 4.School of ManagementEdith Cowan UniversityJoondalupAustralia

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