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Motivations of Wikipedia content contributors
Abstract Rapidly developing web technologies have iRapidly developing web technologies have increased the prevalence of user-generated Internet content. Of the many websites with user-generated content on the Internet, one of the most renowned is Wikipedia, which is the largest multilingual free-content encyclopedia written by users collaboratively. Nevertheless, although contributing to Wikipedia takes time and knowledge, contributors are rarely compensated. As a result, there is a need to understand why individuals share their knowledge in Wikipedia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of both conventional and self concept-based motivation on individual willingness to share knowledge in Wikipedia. After performing an online questionnaire survey, SEM was applied to assess the proposed model and hypotheses. The analytical results showed that internal self-concept motivation is the key motivation for knowledge sharing on Wikipedia.vation for knowledge sharing on Wikipedia.
Added by wikilit team Added on initial load  +
Collected data time dimension Cross-sectional  +
Comments Wikipedia pages (we use a corpus of randomly selected Wikipedia pages) and other corpuses
Conclusion The analytical results implied that, compaThe analytical results implied that, compared to the influence of conventional motivation, self-concept-based motivation has a greater influence on individual knowledge-sharing behavior. Specifically, compared to other motivational sources analyzed in this study, internal self-concept-based motivation is the most important motivation for sharing knowledge in Wikipedia. However, external self-concept motivation is not significantly related to knowledge sharing intention, probably due to the difficulty establishing strong links with reference groups in the real world as well as the lack of social interaction in Wikipedia. Second, due to the relatively limited interaction in Wikipedia as compared to that in the general virtual community, intrinsic motivation also has an insignificant impact on individual willingness to share knowledge in Wikipedia. Nov (2007) indicated that personal enjoyment was the main motivation for knowledge sharing but only considered the ranking of correlation coefficients between motivation and contribution levels. Conversely, after testing the overall model, this study found that, although Wikipedians may initially engage in Wikipedia simply for pleasure, intrinsic motivation is rarely the dominant motivation for knowledge sharing in Wikipedia.vation for knowledge sharing in Wikipedia.
Data source Archival records  + , Experiment responses  +
Doi 10.1016/j.chb.2010.04.011 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Motivations%2Bof%2BWikipedia%2Bcontent%2Bcontributors%22  +
Has author Heng-Li Yang + , Cheng-Yu Lai +
Has domain Information systems +
Has topic Contributor motivation +
Issue 6  +
Pages 1377-1383  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Computers in Human Behavior +
Research design Experiment  +
Research questions The aim of this study was to evaluate how The aim of this study was to evaluate how motivation affects individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia. The primary research issues were the following: whether conventional and self-concept-based motivations adequately explain individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia, whether individual motivation for sharing differs from that in general virtual communities, and the factors that motivate Wikipedians to contribute knowledge.ivate Wikipedians to contribute knowledge.
Revid 10,877  +
Theories Studies of knowledge sharing typically appStudies of knowledge sharing typically apply motivational theory to interpret individual knowledge-sharing behavior. Many prior studies confirm that motivation has a key role in knowledge sharing intention and behavior ([Bock et al., 2005], [Cabrera et al., 2006], [Constant et al., 1996] and [Hall, 2001]). However, Leonard, Beauvais, and Scholl (1999) argued that conventional motivational theory cannot fully explain the diversity of observed behaviors. Therefore, Leonard et al. (1999) suggested that self-concept-based motivation should be included in the measure of motivation. Thus, both conventional and self-concept-based motivations are adopted and measured in this study to explore their possible effects on individual knowledge-sharing behavior in Wikipedia. Hypothesis 1. Intrinsic motivation positively affects individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia. Hypothesis 2. Extrinsic motivation positively affects individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia. Hypothesis 3 External self-concept motivation positively affects individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia. Hypothesis 4. Internal self-concept motivation positively affects individual knowledge sharing behavior in Wikipedia. individuals are motivated to do things that yield positive feedback from a reference group and a feeling of belonging to the group, as suggested by social identity theory (Tajfel, 1981)d by social identity theory (Tajfel, 1981)
Theory type Explanation  +
Title Motivations of Wikipedia content contributors
Unit of analysis User  +
Url http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2010.04.011  +
Volume 26  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language English  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:44  +
Categories Contributor motivation  + , Information systems  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:30:02  +
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