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Understanding lurking behavior on enterprise social media: the perspective of the transactional model of stress

Qin Yuan (School of Economics and Management, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China)
Chun Liu (School of Public Affairs and Administration, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, China)

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy

ISSN: 0144-333X

Article publication date: 26 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Drawing on the transactional model of stress, this study develops a theoretical model to understand the lurking behavior on enterprise social media (ESM).

Design/methodology/approach

Based on a questionnaire survey, this research study collected valid data from 301 ESM users in the workplace. Hierarchical regression analyses are used to analyze the conceptual framework.

Findings

The results show that Zhongyong thinking is a significant predictor of lurking and emotional exhaustion and that lurking can cause emotional exhaustion. Lurking mediates the relationship between Zhongyong thinking and emotional exhaustion. Additionally, communication overload moderates the relationship between lurking and emotional exhaustion as well as the indirect relationship between Zhongyong thinking and emotional exhaustion through lurking.

Originality/value

This article examines the antecedents of lurking by considering Zhongyong thinking and explores how lurking on ESM influences emotional exhaustion. This research contributes to the literature on techno-stressors, lurking and ESM and hopefully contributes to the growing dialog about the consequences of lurking in the workplace.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Sichuan Provincial Key Laboratory of Service Science and Innovation in China (Award Number: KL2215), Science and Technology Project of Sichuan Province (Award Number: 2022JDR0074) and The National Social Science Fund of China (Award Number: 20XGL018).

Citation

Yuan, Q. and Liu, C. (2022), "Understanding lurking behavior on enterprise social media: the perspective of the transactional model of stress", International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-12-2022-0304

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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