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Importance of mutual benefits in online knowledge sharing communities

Tian, Y., Lau, L.M.S. and Dew, P.M. (2004) Importance of mutual benefits in online knowledge sharing communities. In: Remenyi, D., (ed.) Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Knowledge Management. Academic Conferences International , pp. 823-831. ISBN 0954709659

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The sustainability of knowledge sharing e-communities is a major issue at present. A hypothesis was proposed at the outset in the paper that the provision of mutual benefits among participants will lead to positive participation. Drawing from the economic and social theories, a framework for analysis was developed and tested in an empirical study. The preliminary results demonstrated a direct relationship between mutual benefits and the level of participation, and hence supported the hypothesis.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Knowledge sharing, mutual benefits, e-communities, virtual knowledge sharing environment
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Computing (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 18:28
Published Version: http://www.academic-conferences.org/eckm/proceedin...
Status: Published
Publisher: Academic Conferences International
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1820

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