ATTITUDE OF SURVEYING PRACTITIONERS BASED ON PERCEIVED EASE AND USEFULNESS OF TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION
Keywords:Attitude, modelling, smartPLS, perceived usefulness, technology
This study examines Nigerian surveyors’ attitudes and perceptions on the ease of use and usefulness of technological innovation using the Technology Acceptance Model and Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology. The manifests of the psychometric response scale questionnaires were converted into numbers through Microsoft Excel and then analyzed using structural equation modelling (SEM) in SmartPLS 3v. The population used for this research are mainly two categories of professionals within the states of Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo. A stratified random sampling was used to sample the eight-two (82) questionnaires returned. The measurement establishes the casual effect of the indicators and variables on the latent construct and the relationship between endogenous variables and exogenous variables. For this study, the model fit statistics were obtained where the standardized root mean square residual (SRMR) was 0.068, which was accepted as a good fit. The item loadings are well above 0.7, with the AVE above 0.5 as a measure of the effects. The construct reliability and validity have values higher than 0.7. As a result, attitude is influenced more by perceived usefulness than perceived ease of use. Two (2) hypotheses were tested, but only PUP-ATT was significant with a P-value of 0.000. PSP-ATT has a P-value of 0.4 on attitude. The results reveal the impact of perception on surveyors' attitudes toward using modern technology in their professional practice. This has limited the use of sophisticated surveying instruments and IT techniques to automate mapping processes by many practitioners.