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Potentials of social media for tacit knowledge sharing amongst physicians : preliminary findings

Panahi, Sirous, Watson, Jason, & Partridge, Helen (2012) Potentials of social media for tacit knowledge sharing amongst physicians : preliminary findings. In Proceedings of the 23rd Australasian Conference on Information Systems, ACIS 2012, Deakin University, Australia, Deakin University, Geelong, VIC.

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Abstract

Tacit knowledge sharing amongst physicians, such as the sharing of clinical experiences, skills, or know-how, or know-whom, is known to have a significant impact on the quality of medical diagnosis and decisions. This paper posits that social media can provide new opportunities for tacit knowledge sharing amongst physicians, and demonstrates this by presenting findings from a review of relevant literature and a survey conducted with physicians. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten physicians from around the world who were active users of social media. Initial thematic analysis revealed eight themes as potential contributions of social web tools to facilitate tacit knowledge flow amongst physicians. The emergent themes are defined, linked to the literature, and supported by instances of interview transcripts. Findings presented here are preliminary, and final results will be reported after accomplishing all phases of data collection and analysis.

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ID Code: 54520
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Tacit Knowledge, Knowledge Sharing, Physicians, Social Media, Web 2.0
ISSN: 978-174156172-2
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Health Informatics (080702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Records and Information Management (excl. Business Records and Information Management) (080708)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Library and Information Studies not elsewhere classified (080799)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Sirous Panahi, Jason Watson, and Helen Partridge
Copyright Statement: Sirous Panahi, Jason Watson, and Helen Partridge © 2012. The authors assign to ACIS and educational and nonprofit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a nonexclusive licence to ACIS to publish this document in full in the Conference Papers and Proceedings. Those documents may be published on the World Wide Web, CD-ROM, in printed form, and on mirror sites on the World Wide Web. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 10:57
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2013 17:26

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