Title: An empirical study of the acceptance of electronic chart displays and information systems in the shipping industry

Authors: Chaur-Luh Tsai

Addresses: Department of Shipping Technology, National Kaohsiung Marine University, No. 482, Zhongzhou 3rd Road, Qijin Dist. Kaohsiung 80543, Taiwan

Abstract: Deck officers' acceptance of, and proficiency in using electronic chart displays and information systems (ECDIS) could enhance navigation safety. This study applied the popular technology acceptance model (TAM) to assess seafarers' acceptance of ECDIS. A survey, in the form of a questionnaire, was conducted to assess deck officers' perceptions of ECDIS. Analysis techniques, a reliability test, a confirmatory factor analysis and a structural equation model were employed to analyse the data. The results suggested that the TAM could be applied to assess deck officers' acceptance of ECDIS. They also indicated that the TAM mediates top management support of users' attitudes to, and behavioural intentions to use ECDIS. The theoretical and practical implications of the findings for ECDIS in a shipping context are discussed herein.

Keywords: electronic chart displays; information systems; shipping industry; deck officers; ECDIS acceptance; electronic charts; user acceptance; navigation safety; technology acceptance model; TAM; confirmatory factor analysis; CFA; structural equation modelling; SEM; top management support; user attitudes; behavioural intentions; intention to use.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSTL.2016.077305

International Journal of Shipping and Transport Logistics, 2016 Vol.8 No.4, pp.425 - 441

Received: 02 Aug 2014
Accepted: 20 Jun 2015

Published online: 28 Jun 2016 *

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