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Understanding usage of Internet of Things (IOT) systems in China: Cognitive experience and affect experience as moderator

Xuebing Dong (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Yaping Chang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Yawei Wang (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)
Jun Yan (Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 6 March 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to answer “Why do Chinese consumers use IOT systems?” and “Do consumers’ cognitive and affect experiences moderate the relationship between psychological perception factors and perceived usefulness?”

Design/methodology/approach

In-depth interview with consumers and experts had been conducted and then the perceived psychological factors that influence perceived usefulness had been summarized. Based on a survey test of 337 smart home users, this study applies partial least squares technique analysis to test the research model.

Findings

The research results show that perceived psychological factors (perceived ease of use, perceived intelligence, perceived convenience and perceived privacy risk) have significant effect on the intention and behavior of IOT systems usage through perceived usefulness. Cognitive experience moderates the relationship between perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness, perceived privacy risk and perceived usefulness; affect experience moderates the relationship between perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness.

Research limitations/implications

The current study mainly tested the antecedents of consumers’ usage of IOT systems, and the outcome of using the system was not investigated. Future research can examine the outcome (e.g. satisfaction, perceived value) by using the expectation-confirmation theory.

Originality/value

This study provides a useful insight into the key driving factors in consumers’ intention and behavior of using IOT systems. The previous studies over IOT systems have not observed consumers’ perception of IOT systems, but in fact IOT systems are being applied to more and more personal users.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (71372132).

Citation

Dong, X., Chang, Y., Wang, Y. and Yan, J. (2017), "Understanding usage of Internet of Things (IOT) systems in China: Cognitive experience and affect experience as moderator", Information Technology & People, Vol. 30 No. 1, pp. 117-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-11-2015-0272

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