Discuss the barriers to the Diffusion of Innovation/Adoption Process.

This seems way too difficult for me, let me try to explain the Diffusion of Innovation barriers.

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"There are certain factors that negatively affect diffusion of innovation and subsequently the adoption process. These barriers have been dealt with extensively by consumer researchers and incorporated even in models on innovation resistance. They could range at the micro level from product characteristics, to the more macro, socio-cultural, economic, situational and technological forces. While product characteristics like relative advantage, compatibility, trialability, and observability, do boost the rate of diffusion and adoption, perceived complexity in purchase and usage of innovative offerings, retard the process. Innovations could also meet resistance from socio-cultural, economic, situational and technological forces. The innovative offering may not with compatible with social norms, values and lifestyle; or may not go well with the economic strata; or be technologically complex, leading to fear to usage, obsolescence and risk. The basic barriers to the diffusion process and subsequent adoption are as usage, value, risk and psychological factors. a) Usage: “Usage” as a barrier to innovation diffusion and adoption is said to exist when the social system (the target market) finds it incompatible to the existing usage and consumption behaviors and thus, finds it difficult to accept and use; in other words, they .find it to be incompatible with their existing behaviors. b) Value: Consumers could also resist acceptance of an innovation, as they may feel low about the perceived value; consumers may perceive the new product/service offering to be the same as existing offerings, and “nothing new” or “better in value. c) Risk: Risk also acts as a barrier to diffusion of innovation. Consumers show reluctance to use an innovative product/service offering out of fear of taking risks. d) Psychological factors: Psychological factors also prevent a consumer from adopting a new product/service offering. These factors relate to a person’s background, attitude and belief, perception, values, lifestyles, culture etc. Source:"

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