Adoption of Mobile Communication Technologies in the Municipal Open Care Service Sector

Adoption of Mobile Communication Technologies in the Municipal Open Care Service Sector

Anna Sell (Turku Center for Computer Science (TUCS), Finland), Erkki Patokorpi (Abo Akademi University, Finland), Pirkko Walden (Abo Akademi University, Finland) and Bill Anckar (Abo Akademi University, Finland)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-884-0.ch009
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Abstract

In this chapter, the writers present and discuss the ?ndings from an empirical study conducted in Turku, Finland, to explore the social workers’ willingness to adopt mobile communication technologies in the workplace, and more speci?cally in the context of domiciliary care. As the respondents have many distinguishing features (the population consisted solely of females with a relatively high median age), the results contradict some assumptions generally made in literature about the impact of age and experience on technology adoption. Considering the rate at which information and communication technology is developing and its use spreading in all walks of life, one hardly needs to stress the need for studying the technology acceptance and adoption of special, more marginal, user groups.

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