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The effects of digital platform expectations, information schema congruity and behavioural factors on mobility as a service (MaaS) adoption

Alemayehu Molla (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Sophia Xiaoxia Duan (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Hepu Deng (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Richard Tay (School of Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 16 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Mobility as a service (MaaS) is a new model of bundling personal transport options from multiple providers to provide frictionless service. The model integrates information and service to enable users to search, book and pay through a single digital platform. The aim of MaaS is to minimize individual car ownership and revolutionize personal mobility habits in favour of sustainable modes. Thus, it is important to understand consumers' readiness for MaaS. This study explains the factors that influence MaaS adoption.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive review of the related literature has been conducted, leading to the development of a conceptual model for investigating the key factors that influence MaaS adoption. The model draws upon the digital platform, schema congruity and planned behaviour theories. The model is then tested using structural equation modelling and survey data collected from 331 respondents.

Findings

The findings indicate that MaaS information schema congruity, the digital platform's personalizability, customizability, functional integration, network integration and governance of data together with attitude towards MaaS and subjective norm concerning MaaS influence MaaS adoption. Furthermore, MaaS digital platform expectation and MaaS information schema congruity contribute to users' attitude towards MaaS use.

Originality/value

The paper highlights the design and informational attributes of MaaS platforms that influence their adoption and contributes an integrated research model that links digital platform characteristics, behavioural factors and information schema congruity. Future research can use the constructs and measures we developed in this study to build deeper understanding of what contributes to the success of digital platforms.

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Citation

Molla, A., Duan, S.X., Deng, H. and Tay, R. (2022), "The effects of digital platform expectations, information schema congruity and behavioural factors on mobility as a service (MaaS) adoption", Information Technology & People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-03-2022-0226

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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