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An investigation into the nature and extent of the adoption of RFID in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Thakur, Surendra
dc.date.accessioned 2011-02-25T11:05:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-04-01T06:20:02Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.other 332718
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/593
dc.description Thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master's Degree of Technology: Information Technology, Durban University of Technology, 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) allows for the wireless transfer of data between a small electronic transmitting tag and a reader without the necessity of line-of-sight. A feature of RFID, is that this read operation may occur over long distances and that multiple reads may occur. The aim of this study is to analyse the nature and extent of RFID adoption in the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. The study fits within the theory of innovation diffusion and is concerned with issues around technology diffusion, adoption rates, and its associated critical success factors. The estimation of RFID diffusion rate in the study is based on a telephonic survey of 140 companies. The respondents were chosen from a marketing database that had extensive information on South African companies. Size was determined to be the selection criterion as the literature indicates that size is the most compelling concomitant to innovativeness. In this study, size was deemed to be companies that had more than 50 PC’s in one geographic unit, of the company, in KwaZulu-Natal. The key research result locates the RFID diffusion rate in KwaZulu-Natal to be around 19% which corresponds to points beyond the “chasm” as defined by innovation diffusion theory. The second phase of the study comprised the administration of a questionnaire to two groups of IT professionals with the aim of comparing perceptions and other characteristics between the two groups. The 140 respondents were asked to submit as many professional staff as they could for an in-depth interview. The result was that 21 companies submitted 30 candidates. This yielded the two groups: the Adopter sample with 14 respondents, and the non-adopter sample with 16 respondents. The analysis of results shows the two groups have similar views on many strategic factors such as privacy, security, cost and standards etc. Adopters perceive that the following factors impacts RFID adopting decisions more (than non-adopters): Turnover, Having labour cost savings, RFID ubiquity, It will take as long for my company to adopt RFID as it did for barcode, RFID cost awareness. On the other hand non-adopters felt that the following factor impacts non-adoption of RFID Technology unproven or immature, Human skills non-availability, Implementation costs, Corporate resistance, and, Support Concerns. en_US
dc.format.extent 152 p en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Radio frequency identification systems--South Africa--KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Business enterprises--Technological innovations--South Africa --KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Inventory control--South Africa--KwaZulu-Natal--Automation en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Business logistics--South Africa--KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Diffusion of innovations--South Africa--KwaZulu-Natal en_US
dc.title An investigation into the nature and extent of the adoption of RFID in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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