The role of workgroups on user participation on enterprise social media

Jason Chan, Yue Guo, Christina Y. Jeong

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Abstract

While an increasing number of firms are adopting enterprise social media (ESMs), it is unclear whether these systems lead to greater participation. In this paper, we theorize that the workgroup feature of ESMs would enhance user participation as they allow users to see content relevant to their work. Yet, it is also true that the rigid communication structure of workgroups works against casual, personal style of communication that social media sites have, which can stifle user participation on ESMs. We formally study the impact of ESMs by contrasting the difference in user participation level of firms that use ESM with workgroups with those that do not, under a difference-in-difference framework. The analysis shows that users participate more after workgroups are introduced. To account for endogeneity concerns, we employ matching to derive a statistically comparable set of firms. Our analyses also show that managers are the main group of users who stand to benefit from the feature of workgroups. Implications of our results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
ISBN (Electronic)9780996683197
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Event40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019 - Munich, Germany
Duration: Dec 15 2019Dec 18 2019

Publication series

Name40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019

Conference

Conference40th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2019
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period12/15/1912/18/19

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
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Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Difference-in-difference
  • Enterprise Social Media
  • Matching
  • User participation

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