Posters versus lurkers. Improving participation in enterprise social networks through management interventions

Alarifi, Abdulrahman Hamad E. (2016) Posters versus lurkers. Improving participation in enterprise social networks through management interventions. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis investigated the phenomenon of underutilised Enterprise social networks (ESNs). Guided by established theories, we identified key reasons that drive ESN members to either post (i.e., create content) or lurk (i.e., read others' content) and examined the influence of three management interventions - aim to boost participation - on lurkers' and posters' beliefs and participation. We test our model with data collected from 366 members in Google⁺ communities in a large Australian retail organization. We find that posters and lurkers are motivated and hindered by different factors. Moreover, management interventions do not – always – yield the hoped-for results among lurkers.

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ID Code: 94289
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Sedera, Darshana & Recker, Jan
Keywords: Enterprise social networks, Lurker, Motivations, Management interventions, Management pressure, Poster, Promotional messages, Social media policy, Survey
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 26 Apr 2016 02:45
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2016 02:45

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