Survival matters: Business schools, ubiquitous technology and accreditation
Robert M. Wolk, Nova Southeastern University, United States
Nova Southeastern University . Awarded
Development of new assessment tools for student usability of technology is an important component of accreditation. Faculty and administrators require methods to close the loop in assessment. The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) Manual (2005) speaks to the relevance of this research. The directive from the management standards section refers to the relevance of business school graduates obtaining competence in using information technology in the applications required for organizational operations. The AACSB requests that each school of business develop the appropriate curriculum necessary to carry out the mandate of addressing information technology literacy. This research attempts to fulfill that mandate in developing a measurement tool by adapting previous instruments and applying them to the business school environment.
This dissertation employs the Technology Acceptance Model in an educational setting to determine the usefulness of deploying the theory as an outcomes assessment instrument to assist in the accreditation process. The study of 131 business school college students found that the adoption of Internet usage is positively related to Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) constructs of perceived ease of use, perceived usefulness, behavioral intention to use, and subject's attitude towards use. Negative attitudes were negatively related. External variables of gender, student major, full-time/part-time status, presence of four-year college graduate in family, and overall technology literacy all have impact on usage.
A toolkit for adopters is presented to assist educators and administrators in using the Technology Acceptance Model in their institution.
Wolk, R.M. Survival matters: Business schools, ubiquitous technology and accreditation. Ph.D. thesis, Nova Southeastern University.
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