A knowledge structures exploration on social network sites
|Author||Sánchez Franco, Manuel Jesús
Muñoz Expósito, Miriam
Villarejo Ramos, Ángel Francisco
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Administración de Empresas y Comercialización e Investigación de Mercados (Marketing)|
|Published in||Kybernetes, 46 (5), 818-839.|
This paper aims to describe a method for combining perceived community support, relationship
quality and the extended technology acceptance model in the same empirically derived associative network.
Purpose – This paper aims to describe a method for combining perceived community support, relationship quality and the extended technology acceptance model in the same empirically derived associative network. The research also examines the moderating role of accumulation of knowledge (based on beliefs and opinions) derived from social interactions. Design/methodology/approach – The Path fi nder algorithm is a valid approach for determining network structures from relatedness data. Such a graphical representation provides managers with a comprehensible picture of how social behaviours relate to loyalty-based dimensions. Findings – As the bene fi ts of community participation and integration might be differently evaluated by new and long-term users, the research examines the associative network by levels of user familiarity. This study indeed contributes to the analysis of enduring social bonds with respect to individuals ’ decision-making processes, as it provides details representing speci fi c relationships between diverse concepts based on true- loyalty. Practical implications – The application of Path fi nder to the study of online social services and user behaviour appears to have potential for unveiling the structures of social network sites members and designing successful strategies for prospective community managers. Originality/value – This is the fi rst study to the author ’ s knowledge that empirically tests a theory- grounded framework for integrating individual characteristics and relational driver and focuses on associative structures evidenced as a representation of the most salient loyalty-based concepts by also studying the moderating effects of familiarity.
|Cite||Sánchez Franco, M.J., Muñoz Expósito, M. y Villarejo Ramos, Á.F. (2017). A knowledge structures exploration on social network sites. Kybernetes, 46 (5), 818-839.|
Editor´s version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/K-01-2016-0013