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Factors Influencing Adoption of Mobile Computing

Factors Influencing Adoption of Mobile Computing
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Author(s): Wenli Zhu (Microsoft Corporation, USA), Fiona Fui-Hoon Nah (Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA) and Fan Zhao (University of Nebraska, USA)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch140
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The emergence of mobile computing combined with the increased popularity of the Internet is changing our daily lives. The increasing use of small portable computers, wireless networks and satellites unfolds the new technology of mobile computing, which allows transmission of data to computers that are not physically linked to a network. As a result, people can communicate “on the move.” Mobile devices with new input and output methods and form factors are dramatically different from traditional desktop computers (Rodden et al., 1998). These technological changes make increasing demands on both the quality of user interface and the functionality of mobile devices (Johnson, 1998). The questions for this research are: What factors influence users’ adoption of mobile computing? How does the design of mobile devices and interface affect user adoption, and to what degree do specific factors such as trust and enjoyment (in using mobile devices) play a role in adoption? We first review literatures on technology adoption and the various design dimensions of mobile devices, and then propose a model for adoption of mobile computing.

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