Do good things and talk about them : a theory of academics usage of enterprise social networks for impression management tactics

Ortbach, Kevin & Recker, Jan C. (2014) Do good things and talk about them : a theory of academics usage of enterprise social networks for impression management tactics. In Karahanna, Elena, Srinivasan, Ananth, & Tan, Bernard (Eds.) Proceedings of the 35th International Conference on Information Systems, Association For Information Systems, Auckland, New Zealand.

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Enterprise social networks provide benefits especially for knowledge-intensive work as they enable communication, collaboration and knowledge exchange. These platforms should therefore lead to increased adoption and use by knowledge-intensive workers such as consultants or indeed researchers. Our interest is in ascertaining whether scientific researchers use enterprise social networks as part of their work practices. This focus is motivated by an apparent schism between a need for researchers to exchange knowledge and profile themselves, and the aversion to sharing breakthrough ideas and joining in an ever-increasing publishing and marketing game. We draw on research on academic work practices and impression management to develop a model of academics’ ESN usage for impression management tactics. We describe important constructs of our model, offer strategies for their operationalization and give an outlook to our ongoing empirical study of the use of an ESN platform by 20 schools across six faculties at an Australian university.

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ID Code: 78621
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Impression Management, HERN, Enterprise Social Networks, Use Behavior, Academic Work Practices, Knowledge Exchange
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Decision Support and Group Support Systems (080605)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2014 22:10
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 05:37

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