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Determinants of continuance intention to use gamification applications for task management: an extension of technology continuance theory

Behzad Foroughi (Department of International Business Administration, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Mohammad Iranmanesh (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)
Mahaletchimi Kuppusamy (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Yuvaraj Ganesan (Graduate School of Business, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Morteza Ghobakhloo (School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania and Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Division of Industrial Engineering and Management, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, and)
Madugoda Gunaratnege Senali (School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 11 April 2023

Issue publication date: 24 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Gamification applications (apps) are gaining great attention in many contexts and have grown increasingly. Despite their significant role in many settings, prior research mainly focused on initial adoption, and there are limited studies on the post-adoption stage. This study aims to explore the factors influencing individuals’ continuance intention to use gamified task manager apps, drawing on the technology continuance theory (TCT) by integrating enjoyment, habit and social influence.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were obtained from 318 Malaysian who had prior experience with task management gamified apps and analysed with the partial least squares approach.

Findings

According to the results, confirmation, perceived usefulness (PU) and enjoyment positively influence satisfaction. PU, enjoyment, satisfaction and social influence affect attitude, while the result failed to confirm the association between perceived ease of use and attitude. Furthermore, PU, attitude and habit are strong determinants of users’ continuance intention. Moreover, continuance intention was not predicted by users’ satisfaction and social influence.

Practical implications

The findings provide directions for developers and marketers of gamified task manager apps. Besides the technological and functional benefits of applications, they should also consider social, hedonic and individual factors in the designing and marketing stages.

Originality/value

This study extends the literature by assessing the determinants of continuous intention to use gamified task manager apps; and extending the TCT in the context of gamification by incorporating three contextual factors, namely, perceived enjoyment, social influence and habit.

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Citation

Foroughi, B., Iranmanesh, M., Kuppusamy, M., Ganesan, Y., Ghobakhloo, M. and Senali, M.G. (2023), "Determinants of continuance intention to use gamification applications for task management: an extension of technology continuance theory", The Electronic Library, Vol. 41 No. 2/3, pp. 286-307. https://doi.org/10.1108/EL-05-2022-0108

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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