Does Uncertainty Play a Vicious Role in IOS Adoption Decisions by Small Business Managers?

Sveinn V Gudmundsson
Informing Science: The International Journal of an Emerging Transdiscipline  •  Volume 25  •  2022  •  pp. 161-182

Explores the interrelationships between uncertainty, motivation, and IT readiness when predicting IOS adoption among small businesses.

Small business IOS adoption is proportionally low in most countries worldwide.

Uses a sample of small businesses and PLS structural-equations path modelling approach.

Uncertainty is an underexplored construct in information systems research, and our research shows that it plays a significant role in IOS adoption among small businesses

The findings support that uncertainty has a negative effect on intent to adopt IOS and that motivation and IT readiness have a positive effect.

To alleviate uncertainty, an effort to win over small business managers to IOS over the internet must encompass accessible information, security provisions, low-cost product, simple interfaces, and system adaptability to existing provisions in the IOS network.

The uncertainty perspective has not been tested extensively empirically, especially not in the context of technology adoption, and needs further investigation.

Future research could explore the uncertainty construct in the context of IOS among different size businesses

uncertainty perspective, IOS, SME, small business, technology adoption, IT-enabled supply chains, electronic commerce
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