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In an ongoing effort to improve systems development, a variety of innovative products, such as CASE, and processes, such as object-oriented development, have been introduced over the years. While models such as the technology acceptance model (TAM) have been used to explain the acceptance of development products, very little research exists on the acceptance of the more complex development processes. Using the theory of planned behavior, goal-setting theory, and the TAM, this study develops a model to explain the acceptance of innovative information systems development processes by individual software developers. A total of 150 experienced developers completed a survey designed to explore factors that relate to the acceptance of object-oriented systems development (OOSD), the focus of this particular study. An analysis of the collected data reveals a succinct model that explains more than 60% of a developer's acceptance of OOSD. These results have important implications for both managers and process designers in their efforts to promote the acceptance of systems development innovations among developers. Researchers should also benefit from an augmented understanding of the acceptance of complex innovative processes.
Date of Publication: Aug. 2003