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This paper takes three typical information systems (financial system, office automatic system, and enterprise resource planning system) as examples to study information technology (IT) adoption of Chinese enterprises by means of survival analysis. The dimension of time and dynamic characteristic of IT adoption are highly emphasized in this paper. The method of Kaplan-Meier analysis is used to compare the difference of survival time of IT adoption for heterogeneous enterprises, and the resulting survival functions reflect the adoption proportion at a particular time. Then Cox regression model is used to examine the impact of enterprise characteristics on IT adoption. The results demonstrate that their impact varies with the target technology. Further, this study indicates the direction and significance of the impact of enterprise characteristics on the three technologies respectively.
Date of Conference: 12-14 Oct. 2008