Accession Number : ADA319726

Title :   Internet Use Patterns, Acceptance Levels. and Policy Recommendations: An Information Technology Infusion Approach to the Internet and the United States Air Force.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Quintero, Pamela E.

PDF Url : ADA319726

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 198

Abstract : Information technology infusion has taken place in the workplace as costs for microcomputers have declined and the need for reliable and timely information has increased, but the impact the Internet has had is yet to be determined. This research takes an information technology infusion approach to the Internet and focuses on the use patterns of current Air Force Internet users, acceptance levels, and supervisory support of the technology, as well as policy recommendations regarding Internet use in the Air Force. The research provides substantial evidence that Internet technology is not being infused equally within all organizational levels in the Air Force. All infusion measures used in this research show that Internet technology is more highly infused at the headquaners-level than it is at base-level. This research also demonstrates that supervisory support for Internet use positively affects user acceptance levels on the part of subordinates. Access to the Intemrnt is also shown to improve Air Force members' productivity on the job.

Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE, *INTERNET, DATA BASES, POLICIES, MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, THESES, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, USER NEEDS, COMPUTER APPLICATIONS, PRODUCTIVITY, DATA FUSION, ONLINE SYSTEMS, PERCEPTION(PSYCHOLOGY), ORGANIZATION THEORY, AIR FORCE PLANNING.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE