Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

20 p.

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

Association for Information Systems (AIS)

Source Publication

Communications of the AIS

Source ISSN

1529-3181

Abstract

Despite significant attention given to effects of early exposure on acceptance and adoption of new systems, there continues to be ambiguity regarding its effectiveness beyond a threshold. For organizations concerned with optimal utilization of IT resources, a deeper understanding of ideal levels of early system exposure can result in greater realization of benefits through enhanced design of system training and mitigation of adverse effects of exposure on adoption. In this article, we propose that the relationship between system exposure and acceptance can demonstrate diminishing gains—as early exposure to a system increases beyond a reasonable level, its acceptance declines. Preliminary findings from an enterprise-wide system implementation suggest that exposure through pre-launch system trials results in diminishing system acceptance beyond an optimal point. We draw on learning and response-stimuli literature to interpret this early evidence. The article concludes with research propositions, recommendations, and implications for practice.

Comments

Published Version. Communications of the AIS, Vol. 29 (2011): 259-278. Permalink. © Assosciation for Information Systems (AIS) 2011. Used with permission.

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