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Towards a Model of Employee Weblog Usage: A Process-Oriented Analysis of Antecedents and Consequences

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  • Philip Raeth

    (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Germany)

  • Stefan Smolnik

    (EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Germany)

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The recent rise of Web 2.0 ideas, principles, and applications has significantly affected the communication and interaction in social networks. While Web 2.0’s Internet usage and benefits have been investigated, certain questions are still unanswered: whether benefits such as enhanced collaboration and knowledge sharing also apply in an organizational context and whether there are more, still uncovered, benefits. Since research on the corporate adoption and use of Web 2.0 technologies is still in its early stages, neither qualitative nor quantitative models that could provide answers have been proposed. As a starting point for further developing this research stream, the authors collected and reviewed the literature on internal corporate blogging. Then the framework by Ives et al. (1980) was chosen to categorize the identified 25 articles for further analysis. The paper describes building a conceptual model and identifying the antecedents and consequences of employee weblog usage within corporations. The findings of the review suggest that employee blogging in corporations is a social and an organizational phenomenon. Individual perceptions and attitudes, peers, and cultures have a crucial influence on weblog usage, while the organization and its culture provide a framework.

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  • Philip Raeth & Stefan Smolnik, 2011. "Towards a Model of Employee Weblog Usage: A Process-Oriented Analysis of Antecedents and Consequences," International Journal of Social and Organizational Dynamics in IT (IJSODIT), IGI Global, vol. 1(3), pages 34-49, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jsodit:v:1:y:2011:i:3:p:34-49
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