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Grass roots and tree tops : finding the balance in the technological jungle

conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Elise Crawford, Yvonne Toft, Ryan Kift
Motivated by the cost of poorly introduced new technologies, organisations seek ways to effectively facilitate technology adoption. In mandatory settings users frequently have little choice over the technologies they are expected to adopt and typically come into contact with the technology for the first time at implementation or user acceptance testing, the final stage before commissioning takes place. Aims: This paper discusses technology adoption issues experienced by operators where the maintenance of safety is critical at all times, including during technology changeovers. Methods: The investigation is viewed through the lens of three theories: the theory on Diffusion of Innovations, the United Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology and the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. The study follows a mixed methods triangulation design. Results: Although the technology adoptee goes through a process of learning, it was found that technology adoption in mandatory circumstances is more complex, and the malleable perceptions and expectations by users are impacted by contextual, social, technological and individual influences. Furthermore, continued adoption was found to be reliant upon available support post implementation, a condition particularly important for safety-critical organisations. Conclusions: This paper therefore suggests that successful facilitation of technology adoption needs to address the factors that influence each stage of the adoption process including post implementation. It is proposed that this can be achieved by balancing the management directed top-down approach with a user driven bottom-up approach, allowing a more natural process of technology adoption to be cultivated.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Parent Title

HFESA 49th Annual Conference 2013 : the Right Balance

Start Page

1

End Page

15

Number of Pages

15

Start Date

01/01/2013

Finish Date

01/01/2013

Location

Perth, Western Australia

Publisher

HFESA

Place of Publication

Perth, Western Australia

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Railway Engineering; Conference; Institute for Resource Industries and Sustainability (IRIS);

Era Eligible

Yes

Name of Conference

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia. Conference