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Sustainability, Vol. 10, Pages 2255: Acceptance Factors of Appropriate Technology: Case of Water Purification Systems in Binh Dinh, Vietnam

Sustainability, Vol. 10, Pages 2255: Acceptance Factors of Appropriate Technology: Case of Water Purification Systems in Binh Dinh, Vietnam

Sustainability doi: 10.3390/su10072255

Authors: Junmin Lee Keungoui Kim Hyunha Shin Junseok Hwang

This study selects a case involving water purification systems in Binh Dinh, Vietnam, as an appropriate example to examine appropriate technology (AT) acceptance factors and derive possible insights into the stable settlement and development processes whereby to diffuse AT. This analysis administered questionnaires to users of water purification systems installed in five elementary and middle schools in Binh Dinh, from which 296 samples were collected for the final analysis. The original unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) was modified by incorporating the factors of physical support and educational support, and empirically studied using structural equation modeling. The findings revealed that all constructs significantly affect the behavioral intentions toward AT, of which performance expectancy and physical support have the most significant impact. Thus, understanding local needs and improving the quality of life by spreading AT are key in its acceptance and diffusion. Furthermore, sustainable technology is guaranteed only if human and economic support is accompanied by AT development that fits the local context and environment. Finally, the analysis results, that moderating effects differ by role, imply that educational support’s influence varies between manager and student groups.

Authors:   Lee, Junmin ; Kim, Keungoui ; Shin, Hyunha ; Hwang, Junseok
Journal:   Sustainability
Volume:   10
edition:   7
Year:   2018
Pages:   2255
DOI:   10.3390/su10072255
Publication date:   30-Jun-2018
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