Graduation Year

2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree

Ph.D.

Degree Granting Department

Information Systems and Decision Sciences

Major Professor

Rosann Webb Collins, Ph.D.

Co-Major Professor

Walter Nord, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Manish Agrawal, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Richard Will, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Donald Hardaway, Ph.D.

Keywords

Disruptive Technologies, Case Study

Abstract

This dissertation seeks to understand how organizations adopt a disruptive technology, open source software. Five cross-sectional case studies at municipal governments were performed using a theoretical model based off of eight organizational adoption theories. Results of the case studies highlight how each construct from each theory was present at the organizations. However each construct was of variable influence based upon organizational characteristics and the time or stage of adoption.

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