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

conference contribution
posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by R Carr, Tanya Castleman, Cecily Mason, Craig Parker
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.



Bled eConference eCollaboration (23rd : 2008 : Bled Slovenia)


248 - 259


University of Maribor


Bled, Slovenia

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Bled, Slovenia

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2001, Bled Electronic Commerce Conference

Title of proceedings

Bled 2010 : Proceedings of the 23rd Bled eConference : eTrust : implications for the individual, enterprises and society