The information overload phenomenon: the influence of bad - and (ir)relevant information

Thomas Rachfall, Elizabeth Williamson, Bryan Temple

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Almost every knowledge worker can relate to feelings of Information Overload (IO), but in reality the phenomenon is not well understood. IO can be critical for individuals and organizations. Despite intensive research during the last decades this complex scientific discipline lacks comprehensive research for parts of the possible impact factors. This research presents a conceptual framework and some variables to the type of information. A case study approach has been conducted to examine the relationship between bad-, irrelevant- and relevant information with IO. The research found out that too much bad information as well as relevant information has a positive effect on IO. The contribution to the field of IO research is a better understanding of the concept and the impact of the type of information to IO.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-32
Number of pages6
JournalThe International Journal of Research in Engineering and Technology
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


  • information overload
  • technology management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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