Title: Virtual teamwork training: factors influencing the acceptance of collaboration technology

Authors: Joy Godin; Lars Leader; Nicole Gibson; Bryan Marshall; Amit Poddar; Peter W. Cardon

Addresses: Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA ' Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA ' Department of Curriculum, Leadership, and Technology, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31698, USA ' Department of Information Systems and Computer Science, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, GA 31061, USA ' Department of Management and Marketing, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD 20801, USA ' Center for Management Communication, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to identify the factors that influence the acceptance of electronic collaboration technology by higher education students and that influence their predicted usage of the technology for virtual team collaboration. The research combined the unified theory of acceptance and usage of technology (UTAUT) with a virtual team-training model. All 108 participants completed a survey following their participation in virtual team training. Ten hypotheses were tested using a structural equation modelling technique, partial least squares. Five of the hypotheses were supported and five were not supported. The results indicated that three of the four UTAUT constructs were significant in predicting whether the participants would use the collaboration technology in the future. Additionally, the findings revealed that the participants had a positive perception of the virtual teamwork training.

Keywords: electronic collaboration; e-collaboration; collaboration technology; virtual teams; technology acceptance; virtual teamwork training; higher education; UTAUT; student perceptions; structural equation modelling; SEM; PLS; partial least squares; intention to use.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICT.2017.081003

International Journal of Information and Communication Technology, 2017 Vol.10 No.1, pp.5 - 23

Received: 29 Mar 2014
Accepted: 04 Sep 2014

Published online: 23 Nov 2016 *

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