A Contingency Model of Internet Adoption in Singapore

Thompson S.H. Teo, Margaret Tan, and Wong Kok Buk
International Journal of Electronic Commerce,
Volume 2, Number 2, Winter 1997, pp. 95.

Abstract: The Internet has experienced tremendous growth worldwide. However, very little empirical research has been done to examine the phenomenon of businesses adopting the Internet. This study uses a contingency model to examine factors influencing Internet adoption. A questionnaire was used to survey 500 companies in Singapore, and 188 usable responses (37.6 percent) were received. The results revealed that organizational and technological factors, rather than environmental factors, play a significant role in Internet adoption. Implications of the results are discussed.

Key Words and Phrases: Contingency, innovation, Internet, technology adoption.