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Information Seeking Stopping Behavior in Online Scenarios

The Impact of Task, Technology and Individual Characteristics


Erik Hemmer

The growing amount of information provided via web-based information technologies forces the users of these technologies to stop seeking for information before having acquired all available information. This stopping decision is either made actively following clear guidelines or subconsciously based on the seeker’s intuition. This book analyzes the aforementioned duality by developing and testing a multi-theoretical research model dealing with information seeking stopping behavior in online scenarios. Thus, by delivering insights into the mechanisms that influence information seeking activities, this study does not only advance theory building in the Information Systems discipline and adjacent fields but is also highly relevant for practitioners and developers of information technology.


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Developing and writing this dissertation was a challenging, but especially enrich­ ing endeavor. I met many people I would like to thank for their great support and their respective contributions to this work. I want to express my deepest gratitude to my supervisor and mentor Professor Dr. Armin Heinzl, who gave me the opportunity to do both research and teaching in Information Systems at the University of Mannheim. Professor Heinzl did not only highly inspire me, but he also guided my research trajectory and gave me a substantial degree of freedom to develop initial ideas and do my research. Finally, he encouraged me to utilize every chance to present my concepts to an international audience both during conferences and in my role as a guest researcher. Furthermore, Professor Dr. Glenn Browne invited me to a research stay at the Texas Tech University in Lubbock, where I was able to discuss and refine my research. I want to thank him for his warm welcome and this great opportunity. I am indebted to Professor Dr. Robert Kauffman, Professor Dr. Joe Valachich and Professor Dr. Shirley Gregor who served as academic advisors during the ICIS Doctoral Consortium in Shanghai. I also would like to thank Professor Dr. Georg Alpers and his team, especially Andrew White, for giving me important feedback on my work from a psychology perspective. Moreover, I thank my cousin Bettina for investing countless hours in proofreading my entire dissertation. I am also grateful to the members of my committee, Professor...

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