Who motivates my participation in virtual interorganizational communities of practice: Self, peers, or the firm?

Kexin Zhao, Bin Zhang, Xue Bai

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Abstract

Virtual interorganizational communities of practice (IOCoPs) enable professionals in different organizations to exchange and share knowledge via computer-mediated interactions. Prior literature mainly focuses on internal motivating factors at the individual level. However, knowledge sharing requires social interactions thus influences from external entities play an important role in individuals' community participation. In this research, we study external motivating factors generated from two different channels: peer effects within and organizational influences outside the virtual community. We apply a novel econometric identification method to analyze a virtual IOCoP in the financial trading sector. We find that external motivating factors from online peers and offline organizations are influential in determining community participation. In addition, our results suggest that virtual IOCoPs and organizations are two complementary learning channels. Differentiating motivating factors across multiple levels enables us to shed new light on various mechanisms with which IOCoPs can engage collective learning and knowledge management across organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683135
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: Dec 11 2016Dec 14 2016

Other

Other2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period12/11/1612/14/16

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Keywords

  • Incentives to participate
  • Interorganizational communities of practice
  • Multilevel framework
  • Organizational influences
  • Peer effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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Zhao, K., Zhang, B., & Bai, X. (2016). Who motivates my participation in virtual interorganizational communities of practice: Self, peers, or the firm? In 2016 International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2016 Association for Information Systems.