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A Study on the Relationship of the Task Technology Fit Theory and the Perceived Usefulness of Information Technology by Firefighters

by Alcides Melendez-Velez

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Institution: Rushmore University [North Sioux City; SD; USA]
Advisor(s): Professor Alan Guinn
Degree: Ph.D. in Information Technology
Year: 2014
Volume: 103 pages
ISBN-10: 161233430X
ISBN-13: 9781612334301

Abstract

Emergency and disaster response teams utilize information technology (IT) systems heavily to get up-to-the-minute information that will help them do their jobs effectively and safely. The use of new communication and information technologies not only allows for better exchange of information among organizations, but can also improve both disaster response operations and disaster prevention efforts. Researchers in the field of IT are frequently puzzled by the difficult task of making the connection between the use of information systems (IS) and how these systems impact organizational performance or individual performance performing the rescue task in the field of emergency management. The purpose of this quantitative research was to analyze the theory of task-technology fit as it is applied to disaster management examining the relationships among the individual characteristics, task characteristics, and technology characteristics to the perceived usefulness of information of firefighters to come up with rational decisions during disaster and emergency situations. The findings of the study would help fire-fighting institution administrators in developing programs with better processes and IT tools to enhance the capability of firefighters in responding to emergency situations.