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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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A. Literature on Human Com puter-Based Information Behavior in the IS Comm unity In Section 2.2 an overview over IS research on human computer-based information behavior was given. Table A .l contains a list of all reviewed articles including information about the research approach adopted, the research method used and the level of analysis investigated in the article (c. f. Hemmer and Heinzl, 2011). Furthermore, an analysis of the article’s relevance was conducted. For this rea­ son. every journal’s h index was calculated based on citation data published in Thomson Reuters’ Web of Knowledge as the most renowned source for citation data (Meho and Yang, 2007). In its traditional form, a researcher has an index h, if h of his papers are cited at least h times each and the remaining papers of this author have less citations (Hirsch, 2005). In the table below, the above-mentioned logic is transferred to the articles published in various IS outlets in order to get an h index for every journal on a yearly basis. This allows for the judgment of an article’s relevance by comparing its total number of citations with the publishing journal’s h index in the specific year. m is q ISR EJ OI S m is q JM IS EJ OI S EJ OI S | IS R m is q | IS R m is q | IS R m is q T ot al lM IS | m is q m is q m is q m is q m is q...

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