Adoption of e-learning for work-based training : an exploratory study of the Hong Kong apparel industry

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-326
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Innovation and Learning
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2004


E-learning is a rapidly emerging alternative for work-based training. However, those seeking to adopt online work-based training are handicapped by the lack of theory-based empirical evidence to guide their efforts. This paper reports on a study of the factors that influence the staff’s perception and adoption of work-based e-training. This study modifies the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) and establishes a theoretical framework to analyse the determinants of adopting online work-based training. Unlike previous studies on technology acceptance/adoption, the adoption concept is divided into two facets, ‘Initial Adoption’ which refers to current usage in terms of frequency and degree of usage and ‘Post Adoption’ which refers to intention of continuous usage and knowledge implementation. This exploratory study shows that personal learning style, capability and perception on technology induce initial adoption; while sustained usage decisions are based solely on user-perceived, long-term benefits. © 2004 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • corporate training, e-learning, online learning, staff development, work-based learning/training