Current Dissertation Research

The purpose of my qualitative case study research is to explore how an organization progresses through the process of adopting innovations (emergent technology). To understand the organizational adoption process, I seek to describe how a specific organization engages in the adoption of mobile learning (mLearning) through the design and development of their own mLearning demo-product within their technology solutions department. My ground-level study will report on the contextual factors within the organization and department that inform the product’s adoption process. I have gathered observational data over a one-year, participant observation experience within the technology solutions department. Serving as an instructional designer and gathering data as an academic researcher in the same setting allowed the rme to gain an intimate view of the adoption process. To collect meaningful data the I have used Activity Theory as a critical analysis lens and employed research on the stages of organizational adoption to understand the data in a longitudinal manner.

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