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Research Article

The antecedents of e-learning adoption within Italian corporate universities: a comparative case study

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.2-12-2016.151717,
        author={M. Iannotta and C. Meret and M. Gatti and F. D’Ascenzo},
        title={The antecedents of e-learning adoption within Italian corporate universities: a comparative case study},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on e-Learning},
        volume={3},
        number={12},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={EL},
        year={2016},
        month={12},
        keywords={e-learning, business education, corporate university, knowledge management},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-12-2016.151717}
    }
    
  • M. Iannotta
    C. Meret
    M. Gatti
    F. D’Ascenzo
    Year: 2016
    The antecedents of e-learning adoption within Italian corporate universities: a comparative case study
    EL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-12-2016.151717
M. Iannotta1,*, C. Meret1, M. Gatti1, F. D’Ascenzo1
  • 1: Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, Via del Castro Laurenziano 9, Rome, Italy
*Contact email: michela.iannotta@uniroma1.it

Abstract

The implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in business education appears to be influenced by a number of organizational issues, such as culture and technological sophistication. However, extant research has had very little to say about the antecedents that shape the adoption and diffusion of ICT across companies. In order to shed light on the phenomenon under investigation, this paper presents a comparative case study between five Italian companies that have instituted a corporate university. By distinguishing companies in typical cases and deviant cases with regard to the extensive use of e-learning technologies, our findings provide some useful insights about the antecedents that make companies more or less prone to employ the new frontiers of technology in their CUs.