Postgraduate Students’ Acceptance of On-line Databases: A Validation of UTAUT Model in Selected Universities in Nigeria.

Bamidele Olawale


Abstract The purpose of this study was to validate the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model on the acceptance of on-line databases among postgraduate students in Nigeria. the study investigated the four based constructs of UTAUT that is performance expectancy (PE), effort expectancy(EE), social influence (SI) and facilitating conditions (FCs) as the determinants of behavioural intention to use and eventual usage of on-line databases. The study adopted a descriptive survey research design. The population was made up of postgraduate students from Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, and Federal University of Technology, Akure; Nigeria. Data were collected using questionnaire designed to elicit response from respondents and analysed using descriptive statistics method of frequency counts and percentages. However, out of two hundred and twenty five (225) copies of questionnaire administered to the respondents one hundred and eighty six (186) were returned which represents 82.7% response rate for the study. Findings revealed that all four variables i.e. (PE), (EE), (SI) and (FCs) had positive and significant effect on users' behavioural intention to use on-line databases. It was recommended that infrastructure such as computers and high-speed and affordable internet required are provided for easy access in Nigerian universities among other recommendations.


Keywords: performance expectancy, effort expectancy, social influence, facilitating conditions, behavioural intention, on-line databases and postgraduate students.

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