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To determine the critical factors for the adoption of cloud computing in the educational sector in developing countries – a fuzzy DEMATEL approach

Riddhi Rajendra Thavi (Department of Mechanical Engineering, K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Vaibhav S. Narwane (Department of Mechanical Engineering, K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Rujuta Hemal Jhaveri (Department of Mechanical Engineering, K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai, India)
Rakesh D. Raut (Operations and Supply Chain Management Group, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai, India)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 19 August 2021

Issue publication date: 29 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper focuses on reviewing and theorizing the factors that affect the adoption of cloud computing in the education sector narrowing the focus to developing countries such as India.

Design/methodology/approach

Through an extensive literature survey, critical factors of cloud computing for education were identified. Further, the fuzzy DEMATEL approach was used to define their interrelationship and its cause and effect.

Findings

A total of 17 factors were identified for the study based on the literature survey and experts' input. These factors were classified as causes and effects and ranked and interrelated. “Required Learning Skills and Attitude,” “Lack of Infrastructure,” “Learners' Ability” and “Increased Investment” are found to be the most influential factors.

Practical implications

The resultant ranking factors can be used as a basis for managing the process of cloud adoption in several institutions. The study could guide academicians, policymakers and government authorities for the effective adoption of cloud computing in education.

Originality/value

The study investigates interdependency amongst the factors of cloud computing for education in context with developing economy. This is one of first study in higher education institutes of India.

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Citation

Thavi, R.R., Narwane, V.S., Jhaveri, R.H. and Raut, R.D. (2022), "To determine the critical factors for the adoption of cloud computing in the educational sector in developing countries – a fuzzy DEMATEL approach", Kybernetes, Vol. 51 No. 11, pp. 3340-3365. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-12-2020-0864

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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