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Antecedents and outcomes of enterprise social network usage within UK higher education

Shakiba Kazemian (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK)
Susan B. Grant (Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 10 June 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate factors influencing knowledge sharing on enterprise social network (ESN) use behaviour among academic staff in universities, using the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) as the underlying research framework

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual framework was created by extending the UTAUT by incorporating three additional factors, namely, feature value (FV), relationship expectancy (RE) and professional benefits. A quantitative approach based on the survey was used to collect data from 254 academic staff. Data were analysed using structural equation modelling.

Findings

The result indicated significant differences around factors influencing both consumptive and contributive usage patterns within ESNs. These factors suggest more contributive than consumptive use.

Research limitations/implications

Future research should consider a longitudinal study focusing on the change in ESN use behaviour among academic staff and the fundamental aspects influencing this change.

Originality/value

This study extends the UTAUT model by incorporating three additional factors: FV, RE and professional benefits, to study ESN use behaviour in a higher education context. This study has significantly modified UTAUT to include the dynamic nature of ESN usage.

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Acknowledgements

The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Citation

Kazemian, S. and Grant, S.B. (2021), "Antecedents and outcomes of enterprise social network usage within UK higher education", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-12-2020-0222

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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