Information overload: A temporal approach

Allen G. Schick, Lawrence A. Gordon, Susan Haka

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this paper is to provide a more precise definition of information overload than previously found in the literature. Such a definition is essential to designing usable information systems. Drawing upon work in organization theory, information overload is defined as occuring when the information processing demands on an individual's time to perform interactions and internal calculations exceed the supply or capacity of time available for such processing. Cited empirical evidence demonstrates the reasonableness of the proposed definition.

    LanguageEnglish (US)
    Pages199-220
    Number of pages22
    JournalAccounting, Organizations and Society
    Volume15
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1990

    Profile

    Information overload
    time
    Empirical evidence
    Information systems
    Information processing
    Interaction
    Organization theory
    Information Theory
    Automatic Data Processing
    Information Systems
    organization theory
    reasonableness
    information processing
    information system
    supply
    interaction
    evidence
    literature

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Accounting
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Information Systems and Management
    • Applied Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Schick, A. G., Gordon, L. A., & Haka, S. (1990). Information overload: A temporal approach. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 15(3), 199-220. DOI: 10.1016/0361-3682(90)90005-F

    Information overload : A temporal approach. / Schick, Allen G.; Gordon, Lawrence A.; Haka, Susan.

    In: Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 15, No. 3, 1990, p. 199-220.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

    Schick, AG, Gordon, LA & Haka, S 1990, 'Information overload: A temporal approach' Accounting, Organizations and Society, vol 15, no. 3, pp. 199-220. DOI: 10.1016/0361-3682(90)90005-F
    Schick AG, Gordon LA, Haka S. Information overload: A temporal approach. Accounting, Organizations and Society. 1990;15(3):199-220. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/0361-3682(90)90005-F
    Schick, Allen G. ; Gordon, Lawrence A. ; Haka, Susan. / Information overload : A temporal approach. In: Accounting, Organizations and Society. 1990 ; Vol. 15, No. 3. pp. 199-220
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