I recently had major and unexpected surgery and spent a week in the hospital recovering. As a technologist and a person who continually observers process management and how technology is leveraged, I was both thankful interested to see how the medical field has been a rapid adopter of technology. My diagnosis, left untreated, would have likely been a death sentence in the not too distant past. Suffice to say that I am very happy that the medical field is a rapid adopter. My thoughts wandered to wondering why some industries adopt faster than others.
An interesting perspective on this is Diffusion of Innovations theory. Everett Rogers, a professor of communication studies, popularized the theory in his book Diffusion of Innovations; the book was first published in 1962, and is now in its fifth edition (2003). The key elements from the theory are:
Regarding the differences between industries, a key component is the characteristics of organizations/industries.