We provide a theoretical model for testing the adoption of information technology during the prediffusion stage (research and development and early trials) of an innovation. The model was tested using Linux based applications of Open Source Software (OSS). The results of surveying 1000 members of the Linux User Groups WorldWide (LUGWW) are presented. This study is significant because it provides empirical evidence that attributes of innovations correlate with adoption during the prediffusion stage (research and development) of an innovation. This extends diffusion of innovations research and has important implications for DOI theory and practice.
Valier, Frank M.; McCarthy, Richard V.; and Aronson, Jay E.
"A Primary Study of Attributes of Innovations during the Prediffusion Stage,"
Journal of International Technology and Information Management: Vol. 17
, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.lib.csusb.edu/jitim/vol17/iss3/4