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Daphne Halkias


A literature gap exists regarding why Nigerian maritime industry stakeholders remain slow to accept new technologies to improve the maritime sector’s capacity to drive national sustainable development. The purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore the barriers to technology acceptance among Nigerian maritime industry stakeholders. A single case study with an embedded unit design was used to address the literature gap, and qualitative data from 12 semi-structured interviews, reflective field notes, and archival data were collected to provide answers to the central research question. This study was framed by Yang’s concept of maritime shipping digitization and Wiafe et al.’s concept of technology acceptance in the maritime industry in developing countries. Thematic analysis of data from the interviews revealed 16 themes encased in the following five coding categories: (a) technology adoption standards as compared to global industry standards, (b) barriers to technology adoption and maritime digitization, (c) technology acceptance factors influencing maritime industry stakeholders, (d) resources needed for new technology adoption to meet global industry standards, and (e) how Nigeria’s maritime sector can drive national sustainable development. The results of this study have the potential to promote positive social change by offering recommendations on how the Nigerian maritime sector may contribute to national sustainable development through reforms and strategic responses related to the adoption and use of updated technologies.