Initiation, Experimentation, Implementation of Innovations: The Case for Radio Frequency Identification Systems

International Journal of Information Management, Forthcoming

17 Pages Posted: 3 Oct 2011

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Vic Matta

Ohio University - Department of Management Information Systems

David Koonce

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Anand Jeyaraj

Wright State University - Raj Soin College of Business

Date Written: October 1, 2011

Abstract

This research primarily examines the stages hypothesis of the process of technology adoption by management personnel of organizations in the supply chain sector involving the Initiation, Experimentation, and Implementation stages. Further, this research examines key antecedents that may influence the various stages, including top management support, external pressure, and organization size. Using responses provided by top management representatives of 210 supply chain organizations on their organizations’ engagement with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, this research finds that the stages hypothesis holds for RFID technologies. Specifically, organizations were seen to sequentially progress through the Initiation,

Experimentation, and Implementation stages. Over 80% of organizations, who had reached the Implementation stage of adoption, had gone through the Initiation and Experimentation stages as well. Additionally, the data showed that the antecedents exerted varying levels of influences on the three stages. Top management support strongly influenced all three stages; external pressure influenced the Initiation and Implementation stages, and organizational size influenced Experimentation and Implementation stages. The paper discusses several implications for research and practice.

Keywords: Adoption Stages, Diffusion processes, Technology Innovation, Initiation, Experimentation, Implementation, RFID

JEL Classification: L00, L90, O30, O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Matta, Vic and Koonce, David and Jeyaraj, Anand, Initiation, Experimentation, Implementation of Innovations: The Case for Radio Frequency Identification Systems (October 1, 2011). International Journal of Information Management, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1936877

Vic Matta (Contact Author)

Ohio University - Department of Management Information Systems ( email )

United States

David Koonce

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Anand Jeyaraj

Wright State University - Raj Soin College of Business ( email )

Dayton, 45435-0001
United States

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