Organizational adoption of microcomputer technology: The role of sector

Stuart Bretschneider, Dennis Wittmer

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Microcomputer and work-station technology is the latest wave in computing technology to influence day-to-day operations in business and government organization. Does sector affect adoption of this new information technology? If so, how? Utilizing the data from a large comparative national survey of data processing organizations, this proposition was examined. The results confirm that after controlling for other factors such as organizational size, experience with computer technology, current investment in computer technology, procurement practices, and the task environment of the organization, the sector an organization operates within has a major differential effect on adoption of microcomputer technology. Public organizations have more microcomputers per employee, a result that is potentially due to a more information intensive task environment and the potential use of microcomputer technology as a side payment in lieu of salary. The latter factor derives from lower wage rates faced by public employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-108
Number of pages21
JournalInformation Systems Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993


  • Adoption decisions
  • Diffusion
  • Microcompaters
  • Organizational environment
  • Private companies
  • Public
  • Public sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Library and Information Sciences


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