Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Firm Size, Leadership Decision-Making Styles, and Information Security and Privacy Controls Adoption
by Chander, Ekta, D.I.T., Capella University, 2019, 186; 13807415
Abstract (Summary)

There is a lack of theoretical guidance to which SMEs decision-makers can refer regarding adoption of ISaPC measures, as most researchers traditionally focused on large firms. This study addressed the omnibus research question: When moderated by facilitating condition (FC), to what extent does the firm size subdimension of the technology-organization-environment (TOE) model and leadership decision-making (LDM) styles theory explain the relationship between firm’s adoption of information security and privacy controls from the perspective of IT professionals in Small and Medium Enterprises within the United States? Two UTAUT variables, facilitating conditions and behavioral intention to use (BIU), measure the moderating variable (MV) and the dependent variable (DV). From a population of IT professionals from SMEs across the United States, 129 randomly selected subjects comprised the sample. Hierarchical linear multiple regressions models tested the null hypotheses. Results showed neither firm size nor leadership styles contributed to the adoption of ISaPC in SMEs (p > .05), but FC exerted a substantial moderating effect on these IVs to explain IS adoption (p < .05). There are two key findings of this research. The first finding indicated that the leadership decision-making style is not a factor in the adoption of technology. However, the second finding indicated the leader’s decision making is an essential factor in the adoption of ISaPC in SMEs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Adebiaye, Richmond
Commitee: Kieu, Hung, Ness, Lawrence
School: Capella University
Department: Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Information Technology
Keywords: Information privacy, Information security, Leadership, Small and medium size business, Technology
Publication Number: 13807415
ISBN: 978-0-438-97922-2
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