Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agricultural & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 PhD Student, Department of Agricultural Extension and Education, Faculty of Agricultural & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

Abstract

This study aimed to develop TAM model to explain adoption of information technologies process .Descriptive – correlation study was conducted and data were collected through a survey. Statistical population was West Azerbaijan Agricultural extension agents who 120 of them were selected randomly using the krejcie and Morgan table. A questionnaire was employed to measure the variables in the model. Its validity was confirmed by a panel of experts. The Cronbach's alpha coefficient ranged between from 0.704 to 0.816 show satisfied reliability. For data processing, partial least squares (PLS) method as a new approach to structural equation modeling was used. The results showed that among three variables for development of technology acceptance model including Job relevance, experience and organization willingness to invest, the first and second show significant effects. Thus Job relevance and experience as an external variable was added to the basic TAM. Other relations between variables in basic technology acceptance model in current study were also seen significant. Our developed TAM can explain 64% of the actual behavior of employee in information technology utilization. TAM is one of the most influential extensions of Ajzen and Fishbein’s theory of reasoned action (TRA) in the literature. The theories behind it assume that when a person forms an intention to act, that s/he will be free to act without limitation. While In the real world there will be many constraints, such as limited freedom to act. For example, people in organized working environments are forced to use most of the relevant applications irrespective of their opinion or attitude. In this research mentioned model was used as a strong model to predict actual use behavior that affected by three variables namely Job relevance, experience and organization willingness to invest.

Highlights

  • Technology acceptance is important issues to agricultural extension systems at the world
  • Many extension studies have been directed to resistance to change and technologies acceptance
  •  This study aimed to develop TAM model to explain adoption of information technologies process
  • In this research mentioned model was used as a strong model to predict actual use behavior that affected by three variables such as Job relevance, experience and organization willingness to invest

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