Goals are the prism via which actors understand the affordances of technological artifacts. Yet, non-public desires have now no longer been differentiated conceptually, and the studying mechanism via which they form individuals’ notion of affordances has now no longer been examined. This paper addresses those gaps theoretically and empirically. Drawing on success intention theory, we conceptualize records technology (IT) affordances as intention–orientated studying outcomes. We then broaden a studies version that describes numerous mediated pathways, wherein the effect of private desires on IT affordance perceptions passes via IT-centered studying techniques. The outcomes of the empirical examine assist the theoretical version and depict 3 awesome pathways. Specifically, performance-avoidance desires are definitely related to floor processing, which results in perceptions of not unusualplace in-function IT affordances. Performance-technique desires are definitely related to floor processing and attempt law and those studying techniques cause perceptions of not unusualplace and specialised in-function IT affordances. Mastery desires are related to deep processing, attempt law, and peer studying, that are definitely related to perceptions of specialised in-function and extra-function IT affordances. The paper gives new insights on how and why personnel understand one of a kind IT affordances. The affordances we examine are conceptualized and operationalized at a degree of abstraction that may be used to examine affordance notion throughout actors, technologies, and contexts. The paper opens new avenues for destiny studies on affordances and on associated postimplementation phenomena.