Is social networking a waste of time? the impact of social network and knowledge characteristics on job performance

Joo Yeon Park, Il Im, Chang Soo Sung

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People use social media to help them solve problems and enhance performance. Users may engage in diverse social interactions online, increasing their knowledge base through both weak and strong ties. In this study we investigate the impact of social networks on job performance, focusing on knowledge quality and diversity based on social network theory and the knowledge-based view. The empirical analysis reveals that the strength of social network ties is strongly associated with knowledge quality in offline interactions, while social network diversity is associated with knowledge quality in online interactions. Knowledge quality acquired from social network has a significant impact on both creativity and productivity of job performance in the workplace. However, knowledge diversity acquired from diverse social network interactions is strongly associated with creativity, but not with productivity. The results of this study increase our understanding of the knowledge sourcing behaviors of workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-571
Number of pages12
JournalKnowledge Management Research and Practice
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Business and International Management
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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