The Impact of Task, Technology and Individual Characteristics
2. Theoretical Foundation
In this chapter, the theoretical foundation for analyzing human computer-based information seeking stopping behavior is provided. In a first step, the term in formation is introduced and its central role for the IS discipline is emphasized. Then, previous literature on human computer-based information behavior is stud ied setting a focus on IS literature, integrating articles from adjacent disciplines whenever appropriate. Thereafter, research on information seeking stopping be havior as an important sub-category of human information behavior is analyzed in the form of a comprehensive literature review. Based on reference theories used in past research, suitable theory candidates are selected and presented with the goal of answering this study’s research questions by developing a coherent research model. 2.1. Inform ation as th e Fundam ental E ntity in th e Inform ation System s D iscip line The Information Systems discipline is concerned with the development and use of technologies that support people in gathering and processing information re quired in various business contexts (Avison and Elliot, 2006; Heinrich et al., 2011). Hence, the question of how to provide the entity information to human recipients efficiently in organizational settings can be regarded as the discipline’s core. 2.1.1. Definition of the term Inform ation Even though information is one of the most essential entities in IS research and many other disciplines, a precise definition of the term is not available (McKin ney Jr. and Yoos II, 2010; Newman, 2001; Vreeken, 2002). McKinney Jr. and Yoos II (2010, p. 329) summarize this observation...
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