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Factors affecting SMEs' willingness to share knowledge online : a path model

Carr, Rodney, Castleman, Tanya, Mason, Cecily and Parker, Craig 2010, Factors affecting SMEs' willingness to share knowledge online : a path model, in Bled 2010 : Proceedings of the 23rd Bled eConference : eTrust : implications for the individual, enterprises and society, University of Maribor, Bled, Slovenia, pp. 248-259.

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Title Factors affecting SMEs' willingness to share knowledge online : a path model
Author(s) Carr, Rodney
Castleman, Tanya
Mason, Cecily
Parker, Craig
Conference name Bled eConference eCollaboration (23rd : 2008 : Bled Slovenia)
Conference location Bled, Slovenia
Conference dates 20-23 Jun. 2010
Title of proceedings Bled 2010 : Proceedings of the 23rd Bled eConference : eTrust : implications for the individual, enterprises and society
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2010
Conference series Bled eConference
Start page 248
End page 259
Publisher University of Maribor
Place of publication Bled, Slovenia
Keyword(s) SME
online knowledge sharing
networks
locality influences
ICT
survey
Summary This paper presents the findings of a study of SME owner-managers that examined their willingness to share information online with other members of a local business network. The main variables associated with willingness to share knowledge online were found to be willingness to share information in conventional modes and the intensity with which they used the internet for business activities. A number of other variables were found to be indirectly or unrelated to willingness to share knowledge online. A significant locality effect was also identified which suggests that the social context of the network to which the business belonged influences willingness to share knowledge online. Our work supports previous research which concludes that online knowledge sharing initiatives should enhance relationships within the business network itself as well as the technical aspects of the networking platform and the technical competence of potential users.
Language eng
Field of Research 150314 Small Business Management
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2001, Bled Electronic Commerce Conference
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30029472

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