nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2011‒07‒27
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Examining the Technology Acceptance Model in the Adoption of Social Ne tworks By Pinho, José Carlos; Soares, Ana Maria
  2. ICT Usage in Higher Education: A Descriptive Analysis in Spanish Unive rsities By Cervera-Taulet, Amparo; Iniesta-Bonillo, M. Ángeles; Sánchez-Férnadez, Raquel; Schlesinger-Díaz, M. Walesska; Soler-Ramo, Leonarda
  3. Administrative Management Processes Improvement Through Collaboration Technologies Implementation By Marinov, Orlin; Tsankova, Roumiana

  1. By: Pinho, José Carlos; Soares, Ana Maria
    Abstract: Social networks allow users to build their own webpage and share information with other internet users. In the last years, multi-purpose social networks have appeared and been eagerly adopted by consumers and companies for multiple social, communication and marketing purposes. We focus on the determinants of adoption behavior of social networks. Notably, we examine the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM), a model specifically developed to explain adoption of information technologies, and test whether it can be used to explain consumers' use of Social Networks. Our results support the model and confirm that Perceived Usefulness and Perceived Ease of Use impact the attitude towards using Social Networks, leading to Intention to Use these tools.
    Keywords: attitudes and behavioural intention; beliefs; Technology Acceptance Model (TAM); Social Networks
    Date: 2011
  2. By: Cervera-Taulet, Amparo; Iniesta-Bonillo, M. Ángeles; Sánchez-Férnadez, Raquel; Schlesinger-Díaz, M. Walesska; Soler-Ramo, Leonarda
    Abstract: Information and communication technologies (ICT) represent a source of competitive advantage for an organization. In particular, the expansion of ICT knowledge and experience in higher education is a key component of an educational reform agenda. This paper reports findings about which factors influence on the ICT usage in this context. Results confirm that graduates' experiences with some particular technologies in education are related to gender, area of expertise and University of origin.
    Keywords: areas of expertise; University of origin; gender; higher education; ICT usage
    Date: 2011
  3. By: Marinov, Orlin; Tsankova, Roumiana
    Abstract: The paper presents the research, experience and results of the use of collaboration and multimedia technologies in the field of administrative management processes and their democratization both in the business and public administration, realized by team of the Technical University-Sofia. The investigation and science work was focused in the enlargement of European administrative space in Bulgaria through all criteria for improving the degree of democratization in all stages of the e-Governance, considered as management process including planning, controlling and decision making processes. For this purpose we are using the collaboration abilities of extended information exchange to give participants in the data transfer opportunities to connect and interact in different directions. The experimental results are evaluated and analyzed by SWOT analysis. The created prototype proved the ability of multimedia collaboration technologies to satisfy the requirements of administrative - management processes through: public transparency improvement, mobile office functionality improvement, interoperability between different management and working levels of government institutions in heterogeneous computer and mobile networks.
    Keywords: governance; management; information communication technologies; social nets; videoconference technology; collaboration
    Date: 2011

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