An Experimental Study of Influential Elements on Cyberloafing from General Deterrence Theory Perspective Case Study: Tehran Subway Organization

  •  Hosseini Hassan    
  •  Daraei Reza    
  •  Mostafa Farkhad    


Cyber-loafing is a virtually new phenomenon from the old problem of loafing at work places. The internet has alone made remarkable changes in today’s organizations, although has brought many concerns and pitfalls for efficiency and effectiveness in working hours. This study, by the means of General Deterrence Theory and rational choice theory, examined the role of rules and regulations against cyber-slacking and the effect of detection and past enforcement of punishments in Tehran subway organization. The results of this study revealed that severe regulations against cyber-loafers will decrease the intention to cyber-loaf. Moreover, the existence of appropriate detection mechanisms like internet monitoring systems, the awareness of past enforcement of strict retributions among employees, and abusiveness perception of a particular internet activity will substantially lower the chance of being involved in internet abuse in work places.

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