Determinants of Social Network Adoption: A Country-Level Analysis (nominated for the Best Paper Award)
Larosiliere G., Meske C., Carter L.
This study explores the main determinants of social network adoption at the country level. We use the technology-organization-environment (TOE) framework to investigate factors influencing social network adoption. We utilize cross-sectional data from 130 countries. Results indicate that social network adoption, at the country level, is positively influenced by the technological maturity, public readiness, and ICT-laws sophistication. Technological, organizational, and environmental factors all together accounted for 67% of variance in social network adoption. These findings provide a first insight into the usage of social network sites at the country level, as well as the main factors that influence public adoption. Implications for research and practice are discussed.