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Beyond the platform: Social media as a multi-faceted resource in value creation for entrepreneurial firms in a collaborative network

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  • Drummond, Conor
  • McGrath, Helen
  • O'Toole, Thomas

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In this study we review the literature on SM as a resource and how it has been linked to value creation. Conceptualising SM as a multifaceted resource (using the 4R Model) in a collaborative network of entrepreneurial firms, we analyse 30 h of interview data and 10,664 SM interactions using Ethnographic Content Analysis to assess the classification and identify the subsequent value creation. We find support for classifying SM as a multifaceted resource and a wider set of value created as a result. SM can be mobilised to create value in: sales and marketing activities, developing new and maintaining existing relationships, developing a firm’s reputation and network identity, and being part of the product offering to the market. In addition, we also found SM to be a dynamic resource in practice – moving between and present in more than one resource category in any collaborative activity.

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  • Drummond, Conor & McGrath, Helen & O'Toole, Thomas, 2023. "Beyond the platform: Social media as a multi-faceted resource in value creation for entrepreneurial firms in a collaborative network," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 158(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jbrese:v:158:y:2023:i:c:s0148296323000279
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2023.113669
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