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

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

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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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