Title: Electronic learning systems: an analysis of the characteristics of adopters and non-adopters

Authors: S.C.H. Chan, E.W.T. Ngai

Addresses: Institute For Tourism Studies, Colina de Mong-Ha, Macao, PR China. ' Department of Management and Marketing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, PR China

Abstract: Electronic learning (e-learning) systems have gained widespread acceptance as one of the valuable self-learning techniques for business organisations. The main objective of this research study is to elicit the factors affecting e-learning system use and to determine the difference between adopters and non-adopters of e-learning systems. Using a sample of 302 Hong Kong business organisations, results indicated that adopters have higher levels of technical support and individual information technology capabilities of e-learning systems rather than non-adopters. Adopters were more likely to have top management support as a champion than non-adopters for e-learning systems.

Keywords: adopters; business organisations; comparison; e-learning systems; information technology adoption; non-adopters; top management support; online learning; electronic learning; Hong Kong.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2008.019147

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2008 Vol.5 No.6, pp.664 - 682

Published online: 30 Jun 2008 *

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