Research Journal of Information Technology1815-74322151-7959Science International10.3923/rjit.2014.248.269MijinyawaM.K. AbdulwahabL. 4201464The growing popularity of Open Source Software (OSS) as an organisational Information
Technology (IT) infrastructure has made it important to explore and understand
the key determinants of its adoption by Small Businesses (SMBs). Existing research
of OSS adoption have ignored the relevance of applying widely accepted theories
in the field of Information Systems (IS). This study presents an extended version
of the Decomposed Theory of Planned Behaviour (DTPB) for modelling the adoption
of OSS by SMBs. That framework is based on an augmentation and critical analysis
of the literature of OSS adoption and the adoption of Information and Communication
Technology (ICT) in small businesses and an appraisal of relevant theories for
organisational adoption for of ICT. We show that our proposed framework provides
useful concepts for identifying factors and advanced valid explanations of their
influences on the adoption of OSS. We discuss the useful implications of the
framework from the perspectives of research and practice, within the contexts
of direct utilisability, foundation for justification and general frame of reference.
The dearth of research in the area of OSS adoption has suggested that this study
is among the first to develop a theory-grounded framework for the evaluation
of OSS adoption in small businesses.]]>Agarwal, R.,2000Agarwal, R. and J. Prasad,1997Ajzen, I.,1991Benbasat, I. and G.C. Moore,1992Benbasat, I. and R.W. Zmud,1999Bonaccorsi, A. and C. Rossi,2003Bonaccorsi, A., S. Giannangeli and C. Rossi,2006Brown, S.A. and V. Venkatesh,2003Chang, T.M., L.L. Liao and W.F. Hsiao,2005Darch, H. and T. Lucas,2002Davis, F.D.,1989Dedrick, J. and J. West,2003Dutta, S. and P. Evrard,1999Duan, Y., R. Mullins, D. Hamblin, S. Stanek and H. Sroka et al.,2002Economides, N. and E. Katsamakas,2006Fishbein, M. and I. Ajzen,1975Fitzgerald, B.,2006Fitzgerald, B. and P.J. Agerfalk,2005Fitzgerald, B. and T. Kenny,2003Giera, J. and A. Brown,2004Gelinas, R. and Y. Bigras,2004Glynn, E., B. Fitzgerald and C. Exton,2005Haefliger, S., G. von Krogh and S. Spaeth,2008Holck, J., M.H. Larsen and M.K. Pedersen,2004Holck, J., M.H. Larsen and M.K. Pedersen,2005Houghton, K.A., H. Winklhofer and C. Ennew,2001Hsu, M.H. and C. Chiu,2004Hung, S.Y., C.Y. Ku and C.M. Chang,2003Kshetri, N.,2004Kuan, K.K. and P.Y. Chau,2001Kumar, S. and M.S. Krishnan,2005Kwan, S.K. and J. West,2005Lin, H.F.,2007Martin, L.,2005Martin, L.M. and H. Matlay,2003Miles, M. and A.M. Huberman,1994Mindel, J.L., L. Mui and S. Verma,2007Moore, G.C. and I. Benbasat,1991Overby, E.M., A.S. Bharadwaj and S.G. Bharadwaj,2006Patton, M.Q.,1999Raja, U. and E. Barry,2005Raymond, L., F. Bergeron and S. Blili,2005Robert, J., C. Buhman, S. Garcia and D. Allinder,2003Rogers, E.M.,1995Shih, Y.Y. and K. Fang,2004Stockdale, R. and C. Standing,2004Taylor, S. and P.A. Todd,1995Valimaki, M., V. Oksanen and J. Laine,2005Venkatesh, V., M.G. Morris, G.B. Davis and F.D. Davis,2003Von Krogh, G. and E. von Hippel,2006Xu, S., K. Zhu and J. Gibbs,2004Ye, Y. and K. Kishida,2003Yin, R.K.,1994Zhu, K. and K.L. Kraemer,2005Zhu, K., K. Kraemer and S. Xu,2003Forrester Consulting,2007Hedberg, H., N. Iivari, M. Rajanen and L. Harjumaa,2007Lakhani, K.R. and E. von Hippel,2003Agerfalk, P.J., G. Goldkuhl, B. Fitzgerald and L.J. Bannon,2006Larsen, M.H., J. Holck and M.K. Pedersen,2004Mehrtens, J., P.B. Cragg and A.M. Mills,2001Mannaert, H. and K. Ven,2005Lawson, R., C. Alcock, J. Cooper and L. Burgess,2003Krishnamurthy, S.,2003Blackburn, R. and R. Athayde,2000Fitzgerald, B. and T. Kenny,2004Burton-Jones, A. and G.S. Hubona,2005