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Publication date: 18 August 2014

David A. Askay, Anita Blanchard and Jerome Stewart

This chapter examines the affordances of social media to understand how groups are experienced through social media. Specifically, the chapter presents a theoretical model…

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Purpose

This chapter examines the affordances of social media to understand how groups are experienced through social media. Specifically, the chapter presents a theoretical model to understand how affordances of social media promote or suppress entitativity.

Methodology

Participants (N=265) were recruited through snowball sampling to answer questions about their recent Facebook status updates. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was used to examine the goodness of fit for our model.

Findings

We validate a model of entitativity as it occurs through the affordances offered by social media. Participant’s knowledge that status update responders were an interacting group outside of Facebook affected their perceptions of interactivity in the responses. Interactivity and history of interactions were the strongest predictors of status update entitativity. Further, status update entitativity had positive relationships with overall Facebook entitativity as well as group identity.

Practical implications

To encourage group identity through social media, managers need to increase employees’ perceptions of entitativity, primarily by enabling employees to see the interactions of others and to contribute content in social media platforms.

Originality/value

This is the only study we know of that empirically examines how groups are experienced through social media. Additionally, we draw from an affordance perspective, which helps to generalize our findings beyond the site of our study.

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Social Media in Human Resources Management
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-901-0

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Publication date: 8 August 2013

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Social Media in Human Resources Management
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ISBN: 978-1-78190-901-0

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Publication date: 5 April 2011

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 28 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 8 July 2010

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Entrepreneurship and Family Business
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-097-2

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Publication date: 8 July 2010

Alex Stewart, G.T. Lumpkin and Jerome A. Katz

The peer-reviewed chapters in Volume 12 emphasize the role of family systems in shaping entrepreneurial outcomes. Interestingly, spousal influence is a major topic in…

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The peer-reviewed chapters in Volume 12 emphasize the role of family systems in shaping entrepreneurial outcomes. Interestingly, spousal influence is a major topic in three of the chapters. Another important theme is family business identity and how a range of different influences – from within-family perceptions to broad institutional pressures – affect family business image and organizational performance. Both quantitative and qualitative research methods are employed to address the role of entrepreneurship in family businesses.

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Entrepreneurship and Family Business
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-097-2

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Publication date: 1 July 2012

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Entrepreneurial Action
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-901-1

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Publication date: 22 July 2011

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Social and Sustainable Entrepreneurship
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ISBN: 978-1-78052-073-5

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Academic Entrepreneurship: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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ISBN: 978-1-78350-984-3

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Entrepreneurial Growth: Individual, Firm, and Region
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ISBN: 978-1-78560-047-0

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Publication date: 8 July 2010

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Entrepreneurship and Family Business
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