Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18292
Title: The role of social media in supporting knowledge integration : a social capital analysis
Authors: Cao, X
Guo, X
Liu, H
Gu, J
Keywords: Internet of things (IoT)
Knowledge integration
Social capital
Social Internet of things (SIoT)
Social media
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Springer
Source: Information systems frontiers, 2015, v. 106, no. 6, p. 648-654 How to cite?
Journal: Information systems frontiers 
Abstract: Internet of things (IoT) is a current trend that reveals the next generation Internet-based information architecture, the convergence of social networks and IoT solutions is helpful to optimize relationships among objects. In order for IoT to take off in the IT sector, providers and other stakeholders must integrate knowledge successfully. In this study, we investigate the role of social media in supporting knowledge integration from a social capital perspective. Specifically, we propose that social media have the potential to facilitate the formation of employees’ social capital indicated by social networking, trust and shared language. These mediating variables will in turn positively affect knowledge integration. This research frame is validated with survey data collected from 262 Chinese working professionals. The results provide general empirical support for our hypotheses. In analogy with social media for human beings, the future direction of socialization among objects can be inspired by this study.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/18292
ISSN: 1387-3326
EISSN: 1572-9419
DOI: 10.1007/s10796-013-9473-2
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