The Impacts of Role Overload and Role Conflict on Physicians’ Technology Adoption

  • Eun Hee Park Old Dominion University, VA
  • Ghiyoung P. Im Department of Computer Information Systems University of Louisville, KY
  • Jing Zhang Old Dominion University, VA
  • Young Hwan Lee Yeungnam University
  • Kyung Hee Chun Konyang University
  • Young Soon Park Catholic Kwandong University
Keywords: Physicians’ technology adoption, multiple roles, role overload, role conflict


Technology adoption is an important solution for physicians to increase work efficiency, and thus deal with role conflict among their multiple job roles. Prior studies have not investigated how multiple job roles and role conflict influence physicians’ technology adoption intentions. Based on role strain theory and role identity theory, we present a model of physicians’ technology adoption intentions to support their primary (clinical care) versus secondary (teaching or research) job roles. We test the model using surveys with 156 physicians at nine medical schools in Korea. The results of our data analysis largely support our hypotheses. Role overload in each of their job roles increases role conflict between any pair of associated roles. Furthermore, role conflict between a physician’s primary and secondary role is affected more by role overload in the secondary role than by overload in the primary role. Moreover, the impact of role conflict on technology adoption intentions is also influenced by the hierarchical relationship between two roles. This study contributes to technology adoption research by demonstrating how physicians’ job characteristics affect technology adoption.


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Park, E. H., Im, G. P., Zhang , J., Lee, Y. H., Chun, K. H., & Park, Y. S. (2023). The Impacts of Role Overload and Role Conflict on Physicians’ Technology Adoption. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 27.
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