Faculty Publications

Title

Understanding anti-plagiarism software adoption: An extended protection motivation theory perspective

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Anti-plagiarism software, Internet plagiarism, Partial least squares, Protection motivation theory

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Decision Support Systems

Volume

50

Issue

2

First Page

361

Last Page

369

Abstract

This study investigates factors affecting the adoption of anti-plagiarism software. Using protection motivation theory as a basis, this research examines the influence of threat and coping appraisals, along with social influences, moral obligation, and actual control variables, on the adoption of anti-plagiarism software. A field survey of 218 faculty members working at U.S. public universities reveals that threat appraisals have a stronger influence on the adoption of anti-plagiarism software than do coping appraisals. The faculty members' moral obligation, academic rank, class size, percentage of creative assignments, and gender significantly affect software adoption, whereas social influence does not. Key implications for theory and practice are discussed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2011

DOI of published version

10.1016/j.dss.2010.07.009

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