Linking economic status with technology adoption in three emerging economies of Sub-Saharan Africa

Adegoke Oke (Department of Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Fred Walumbwa (Department of Management, W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA)
Tingting Yan (Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management, School of Business Administration, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Moronke Idiagbon-Oke (Ken Blanchard College of Business, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Lucy A. Ojode (Jesse H. Jones School of Business, Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas, USA)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 28 January 2014

Abstract

Purpose

In this study, the authors aim to understand the antecedents of technology adoption in Sub-Saharan Africa by investigating the relationship between people's economic status, their positive attitudes, and the adoption of communications technology.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors used data obtained from the Gallup World Poll that was conducted in 2008. The Gallup World Poll is a survey of residents in more than 150 countries. Based on a sample of 8,787 in Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria, the authors used SEM to test the hypotheses.

Findings

Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that economic status significantly predicts both positive attitudes and technology adoption. Further, the authors found that infrastructure development moderates the relationship between economic status and technology adoption.

Originality/value

The study attempts to plug the gaps in established theories of technology adoption which typically do not take into consideration factors that are peculiar to LDC contexts.

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Citation

Oke, A., Walumbwa, F., Yan, T., Idiagbon-Oke, M. and A. Ojode, L. (2014), "Linking economic status with technology adoption in three emerging economies of Sub-Saharan Africa", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25 No. 1, pp. 49-68. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-02-2012-0013

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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