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Title: Webs de xarxes socials i intercanvi de coneixement. Anàlisi de l'adopció i l'ús dels membres de les comunitats virtuals professionals del turisme
Author: Miralbell Izard, Oriol
Director: González Reverté, Francesc  
Guia Julve, Jaume
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: social networking websites
collaborative knowledge
tourism professionals
Issue Date: 23-Nov-2012
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Abstract: This research studies the impact and operation of new technological resources in the network society. Specifically, we have conducted an analysis of the social networking websites conceived as an environment for the generation and exchange of knowledge, under the perspective of social sciences, and from a cognitive science approach. The aim is to identify, characterize and explain the determinants influencing the uses and social practices of knowledge exchange within online social networks. Regarding the study of the key factors influencing the use and adoption of social networking sites we propose a model to test the influence of special factors that have been found as critical for the acceptance and use of social networking sites for knowledge exchange adjusting it to different technology adoption theories. The key factors of the model are based on the perception of users of their autonomy, the openness of the sites, the diversity of the members of the networks and the interactivity. We have tested the model with case study of virtual communities of tourism professionals and we used the SEM (Structural Equation Modeling) analysis. From the data obtained in an empirical study among members of virtual communities of tourism professionals hosted in the major social networking websites, we have seen the goodness of the analytical model that we have proposed and verified hypotheses research. We also have gathered information that has helped us to understand the users' use of social networking websites for the generation and exchange of knowledge in professional environments as well as the goodness of social networking websites as systems to generate and exchange knowledge collaboratively.
Language: Catalan
Appears in Collections:Doctoral Thesis

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