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Testing an integrative theoretical model of knowledge-sharing behavior in the context of Wikipedia

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Testing an integrative theoretical model of knowledge-sharing behavior in the context of Wikipedia
Authors: Hichang Cho, Meihui Chen, Siyoung Chung [edit item]
Citation: Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 61 (6): 1198-1212. 2010.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1002/asi.21316.
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Testing an integrative theoretical model of knowledge-sharing behavior in the context of Wikipedia is a publication by Hichang Cho, Meihui Chen, Siyoung Chung.


[edit] Abstract

This study explores how and why people participate in collaborative knowledge-building practices in the context of Wikipedia. Based on a survey of 223 Wikipedians, this study examines the relationship between motivations, internal cognitive beliefs, social-relational factors, and knowledge-sharing intentions. Results from structural equation modeling {(SEM)} analysis reveal that attitudes, knowledge self-efficacy, and a basic norm of generalized reciprocity have significant and direct relationships with knowledge-sharing intentions. Altruism (an intrinsic motivator) is positively related to attitudes toward knowledge sharing, whereas reputation (an extrinsic motivator) is not a significant predictor of attitude. The study also reveals that a social-relational factor, namely, a sense of belonging, is related to knowledge-sharing intentions indirectly through different motivational and social factors such as altruism, subjective norms, knowledge self-efficacy, and generalized reciprocity. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.

[edit] Research questions

"This study explores how and why people participate in collaborative knowledge-building practices in the context of Wikipedia."

Research details

Topics: Contributor motivation, Societal antecedents of participation [edit item]
Domains: Information systems, Psychology [edit item]
Theory type: Explanation [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB)" [edit item]
Research design: Statistical analysis [edit item]
Data source: Survey responses [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: Cross-sectional [edit item]
Unit of analysis: User [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: N/A [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"Results from structural equation modeling (SEM) analysis reveal that attitudes, knowledge self-efficacy, and a basic norm of generalized reciprocity have significant and direct relationships with knowledge-sharing intentions. Altruism (an intrinsic motivator) is positively related to attitudes toward knowledge sharing, whereas reputation (an extrinsic motivator) is not a significant predictor of attitude. The study also reveals that a social-relational factor, namely, a sense of belonging, is related to knowledge-sharing intentions indirectly through different motivational and social factors such as altruism, subjective norms, knowledge self-efficacy, and generalized reciprocity."

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