Users' attitudes toward service robots in South Korea

Eunil Park (Department of Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea)
Angel P. del Pobil (Department of Interaction Science, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Republic of Korea and Computer Science and Engineering Department, University Jaume‐I, Castellon, Spain)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Publication date: 4 January 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand users' acceptance of service robots by integrating perceived enjoyment of service robots and users' need to belong in a technology acceptance model (TAM) framework. Service robots are currently being used in homes and firms to provide various services.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors conducted a web‐based survey from 904 users in South Korea to test a research model and employed structural equation modelling as the analysis method.

Findings

This study found that perceived enjoyment and the need to belong played an important role in the perceived ease of use and usefulness of service robots. Furthermore, it was discovered that the research supported relationships proposed by the original TAM with regard to users' attitudes and intentions to use service robots. Therefore, this study provides a framework to understand users' acceptance of service robots.

Originality/value

This paper is of value to researchers designing and improving service robots for use in our society.

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Citation

Park, E. and del Pobil, A. (2013), "Users' attitudes toward service robots in South Korea", Industrial Robot, Vol. 40 No. 1, pp. 77-87. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439911311294273

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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