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Understanding the determinants of cloud computing adoption

Chinyao Low (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Yahsueh Chen (Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China)
Mingchang Wu (Graduate School of Technological & Vocational Education, National Yunlin University of Science & Technology, Douliou, Taiwan, Republic of China)

Industrial Management & Data Systems

ISSN: 0263-5577

Article publication date: 23 August 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the factors that affect the adoption of cloud computing by firms belonging to the high‐tech industry. The eight factors examined in this study are relative advantage, complexity, compatibility, top management support, firm size, technology readiness, competitive pressure, and trading partner pressure.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire‐based survey was used to collect data from 111 firms belonging to the high‐tech industry in Taiwan. Relevant hypotheses were derived and tested by logistic regression analysis.

Findings

The findings revealed that relative advantage, top management support, firm size, competitive pressure, and trading partner pressure characteristics have a significant effect on the adoption of cloud computing.

Research limitations/implications

The research was conducted in the high‐tech industry, which may limit the generalisability of the findings.

Practical implications

The findings offer cloud computing service providers with a better understanding of what affects cloud computing adoption characteristics, with relevant insight on current promotions.

Originality/value

The research contributes to the application of new technology cloud computing adoption in the high‐tech industry through the use of a wide range of variables. The findings also help firms consider their information technologies investments when implementing cloud computing.

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Citation

Low, C., Chen, Y. and Wu, M. (2011), "Understanding the determinants of cloud computing adoption", Industrial Management & Data Systems, Vol. 111 No. 7, pp. 1006-1023. https://doi.org/10.1108/02635571111161262

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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