Innovation Diffusion Theory
Tahir Ahmad Wani and
Syed Wajid Ali
Centre for Management Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia,
When mobile phones were introduced in the
world markets, little did one expect that these
small handheld devices would transform the
world as we knew it. This small innovation
transformed the lives of millions of people. A
simple device which was invented basically as a
vocal-communication tool got transformed into a
complex gadget that facilitates almost all forms of
communication now-a-days be it vocal, written or
multimedia. Mobile phones have metamorphosed
into smartphones which are far advanced than
their predecessors. These smartphones are new
innovations in themselves as with each passing
day they come up with added features and uses
never thought of before. With markets being
flooded by these smartphones it will be occupying
to study their diffusion across global markets.
Indian markets in particular have been swamped
by millions of smartphones each month in the last
two years or so. This study is aimed to use the
framework of Innovation Diffusion theory to suggest a model for the analysis of adoption and
ultimately the diffusion of smartphones in India.
The innovation diffusion theory in itself has
developed immensely from the time of its origin
(1962) till the present day. This paper will try
to discuss some of the key elements of Innovation
Innovation Diffusion theory
(IDT), Technology Acceptance Model
(TAM), Smartphones, Indian Consumers
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