Firms’ continuance intention on SaaS use: an empirical study

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Purpose: Although studies have investigated reasons for software as a service (SaaS) adoption, it is unclear how firm-level SaaS use impacts future SaaS intentions. The purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical model that integrates the technology-organization-environment framework, institutional theory, diffusion-of-innovation theory and the opportunity-risk framework to analyze the drivers of SaaS use and its continuance intention. Design/methodology/approach: The authors evaluated the direct, moderating and mediating effects of determinants on SaaS continuance intentions using structural equation modeling and data from 301 firms. Findings: Results found that top management support and normative pressures influenced SaaS use. Cost saving and security concerns were direct predictors of perceived opportunities and perceived risks, respectively. Perceived opportunities and risks and actual SaaS use influenced SaaS continuance. Interestingly, perceived opportunities were found to be a negative moderator on the relationship between SaaS use and SaaS continuance. Originality/value: The results reveal insightful and controversial findings for SaaS research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-216
Number of pages27
JournalInformation Technology and People
Issue number1
Early online date1 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019


  • Continuance intention
  • Diffusion of innovation
  • Post-adoption
  • Software as a service


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