International Journal of Science and Technology

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International Journal of Science and Technology

Data Conversion: The Linkage of Attribution Styles to the Outcomes of Information Systems Change Process

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Author McChester O Odoh, Onaolapo F Oladipo, Obikwelu, R. Okonkwo
On Pages 192-199
Volume No. 2
Issue No. 3
Issue Date April, 2012
Publishing Date April, 2012
Keywords Attribution, information systems, behavioural psychology, cognition


Attribution provides a framework for studying whether people perceive the causes of a behavior to be internal (caused by the person) or external (caused by another person, an outside source, or the situation). The ability to attribute responsibility to an external cause allows an individual to shift blame for negative consequences to a person other than themselves, and most research has supported this contention. Accordingly, tangential evidence also exists implying a positive correlation between attribution and the outcome of a data conversion projects. The series of studies that involve prior information and expectancies can thus be seen to confirm the studies dealing with expected and unexpected outcomes. That is, expected outcomes were generally attributed to stable causes and unexpected outcomes to unstable causes. This concept concerns the everyday causal explanations that people produce when they encounter novel, important, unusual or potentially threatening behavior and event. This paper described our research experiences in deploying attributional factors in information systems projects. Occupational Attributional Style questionnaires were deployed as instruments to assess how an IT practitioner can use casual attribution for occupational outcomes with respect IT systems. Our results showed that for organizational change to be successful, managers must give sufficient thought to what they are trying to achieve, why they are trying to achieve it, and how they are going to do so.

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