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Intranet usage and managers' performance in the port industry

Mohd Daud Norzaidi (Faculty of Business Management, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Segamat, Malaysia)
Siong Choy Chong (Putra International College, Melaka, Malaysia)
Raman Murali (School of Business and Economics, Monash University Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia)
Mohamed Intan Salwani (Faculty of Accountancy, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Segamat, Malaysia)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 2 October 2007




Using the extended task‐technology fit (TTF) model, the purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of intranet usage on middle managers' performance in the port industry.


The study was conducted on 357 middle managers from various organisations in the Malaysian port industry.


The structural equation modelling results indicate that TTF and usage significantly explains the variance on managers' performance. TTF is a predictor of perceived usefulness and usage but it does not predict user resistance. Perceived usefulness is a predictor of usage but it does not predict user resistance. User resistance does not predict managers' performance.

Research limitations/implications

The study focuses only on the port industry in Malaysia and concentrates only on the management perspective of intranet usage.

Practical implications

The results provide insights on how the Malaysian port industry and other organisations of a similar structure could improve on their intranet adoption.


This study is perhaps one of the first to address the intranet adoption in the port industry using a comprehensive, extended TTF model (perceived usefulness, usage, user resistance) to investigate their influences on individual job performance.



Daud Norzaidi, M., Choy Chong, S., Murali, R. and Intan Salwani, M. (2007), "Intranet usage and managers' performance in the port industry", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 107 No. 8, pp. 1227-1250.



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