Integration of Microcomputers into the Organization: A Human Adaptation Model and the Organizational Response

Integration of Microcomputers into the Organization: A Human Adaptation Model and the Organizational Response

Meg Kletke (Oklahoma State University, USA), James E. Trumbly (Oklahoma State University, USA) and Debra L. Nelson (Oklahoma State University, USA)
Copyright: © 1991 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/joeuc.1991010103
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Abstract

As organizations in business and industry continue to acquire microcomputers in increasing numbers, it is becoming apparent that achieving the increases in productivity purportedly associated with microcomputers has not been as easy as some may have anticipated. This paper suggests that to realize the maximum potential of microcomputers at the firm level, it is necessary first to ensure successful incorporation of microcomputers into tasks of employees at the individual level. Organizations have not done enough toward this end, and the result has been the lack of a smooth integration of microcomputers into the organization. With the goal of improving the productivity of microcomputers in the organization, this paper provides a model to explain the individual’s response to the introduction of microcomputers into the organization and discusses possible contributors to dysfunctional development. A framework is developed to explain a subset of individual and organizational variables that contribute to successful and productive adoption of microcomputers in the organization.

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