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ICT and training: a proposal for an ecological model of innovation

Tatnall, Arthur and Davey, Bill (2003) ICT and training: a proposal for an ecological model of innovation. Educational technology and society, 6 (1). pp. 14-17. ISSN 1436-4522 Online 1176-3647 Print

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Abstract

The process of innovation involves getting new ideas accepted and new technologies adopted and used. This paper considers the introduction of ICT in company training as an example of innovation. The question that must be addressed is: what factors inside and outside the company will support, and what factors will stand in the way of the adoption of these new methods? We argue that the acceptance of an innovation is affected as much by the complexity of the interactions between the people and the technology within an organization as by any supposedly objective characteristics of the innovation itself. In order to accommodate these complexities, and to provide a useful socio-technical perspective, an ecological model dealing with the interactions of human and non-human actors within a company ‘environment’ has been found to provide an effective viewpoint. This paper proposes and briefly elaborates such an ecological model.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Company training, Ecological model, ICT, Innovation
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
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Depositing User: Ms Phung T Tran
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2008 22:29
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2010 07:12
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/1064
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