Title: Adoption of e-learning for work-based training: an exploratory study of the Hong Kong apparel industry

Authors: Bessie Chong, Maris G. Martinsons, Michael Wong

Addresses: Department of Economics and Finance, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Ave., Hong Kong ' Department of Management, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Ave., Hong Kong ' Department of Economics and Finance, City University of Hongkong, Tat Chee Ave., Hong Kong

Abstract: E-learning is a rapidly emerging alternative for work-based training. However, those seeking to adopt online work-based training are handicapped by the lack of theory-based empirical evidence to guide their efforts. This paper reports on a study of the factors that influence the staff|s perception and adoption of work-based e-training. This study modifies the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and establishes a theoretical framework to analyse the determinants of adopting online work-based training. Unlike previous studies on technology acceptance/adoption, the adoption concept is divided into two facets, ||Initial Adoption|| which refers to current usage in terms of frequency and degree of usage and ||Post Adoption|| which refers to intention of continuous usage and knowledge implementation. This exploratory study shows that personal learning style, capability and perception on technology induce initial adoption, while sustained usage decisions are based solely on user-perceived, long-term benefits.

Keywords: e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; work-based learning; work-based training; corporate training; staff development; technology acceptance model; Hong Kong; apparel industry; garment industry; clothing industry.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2004.004886

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2004 Vol.1 No.3, pp.312 - 326

Published online: 14 Jul 2004 *

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