A comparison of competing theoretical models for understanding acceptance behavior of information systems in upscale hotels

Hyang Jin Huh, Taegoo (Terry) Kim, Chun Hung Roberts Law

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This study investigated which intention-based model, namely: (1) the technology acceptance model (TAM; Model 1); (2) the theory of planned behavior (TPB; Model 2); and (3) the decomposed TPB (DTPB; Model 3) is best for predicting and explaining employees' behavioral intention to use hotel information system (HIS). Data were obtained from employees of 13 upscale hotels in Jeju, South Korea, and structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed to examine and compare the three competing theoretical models (CTMs) in terms of overall model fit, explanatory power, and paths significance. The findings of this study revealed that if the key objective is to predict behavioral intention to use HIS, the TAM is preferable. However, if the key objective is to explain behavioral intention to use HIS, the DTPB is preferable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-134
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009


  • Decomposed theory of planned behavior (DTPB)
  • Hotel information system (HIS)
  • Model parsimony
  • Not nested model comparison
  • Technology acceptance model (TAM)
  • Theory of planned behavior (TPB)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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