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"Towards a Specific Theory of Task-Technology Fit for Mobile Information Systems"

Judith Gebauer, Michael J. Shaw, and Michele L. Gribbins

 

First Author :

Judith Gebauer
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street
350 Wohlers Hall, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

gebauer@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/gebauer.html


Second Author :

Michael J. Shaw
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street
350 Wohlers Hall, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

mjshaw@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/shaw.html


Third Author :

Michele L. Gribbins
Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street
350 Wohlers Hall, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

mgribbin@uiuc.edu

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Abstract :
 
Mobile information systems hold great potential to support organizational processes. This paper addresses how to realize that potential, the issues involved, the challenges to overcome, and accordingly, the effective strategy to deploy. Based on Goodhue and Thompsonís (1995) general theory of task-technology fit and on Zigurs and Bucklandís (1998) specific theory for task-technology fit for group support systems, we propose a specific theory of task-technology fit for mobile information systems. Task-technology fit is determined as a three-way match between the profiles of managerial tasks (operationalized by difficulty, interdependence and time-criticality), mobile information systems (operationalized by functionality as notification, com-munication, information access, and data processing; form factors; and location-awareness), and individual use context (operationalized by distraction, movement, quality of network connection, and previous experience). The analysis shows that use situations characterized by high distrac-tion and poor quality of network connection are particularly challenging for the design and de-velopment of mobile information systems, requiring special attention to form factors (intuitive user interfaces and simple menu structures), and verification features.
 
 
Keywords :
 
managerial tasks, media richness theory, Mobile information systems, task-technology fit
 
 
Footnotes & Acknowledgements :
 
This working paper has been replaced by 2005 Working Paper #05-0119.
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2005
Manuscript Published : 1/31/2005
 
 
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