Abstract: This paper compares the adoption patterns of two automatic identification technologies i.e. Bar codes and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). The paper juxtaposes the historical events that were significant in the adoption of Bar codes with the contemporary events that are taking place in the RFID space. Based upon the review of bar coding literature and data collected from semi-structured interviews, the paper identifies critical themes and eight key enablers underlying the adoption of bar codes and suggests how understanding of those themes and enablers can inform the adoption and implementation of RFID and similar emerging technologies.
Keywords: adoption, Automatic Identification, Bar codes, Emerging Technology, Platform Innovation, RFID
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Recommended Citation: Sharma, A., Thomas, D. (2014). Looking Backwards to Look Ahead: Lessons from Barcode Adoption for RFID Adoption and Implementation. Journal of Information Systems Applied Research, 7(4) pp 25-36. http://jisar.org/2014-7/ ISSN: 1946-1836. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of CONISAR 2013)