How to Promote Knowledge Sharing among EVC Members? — Based on Interactive Perspective of Modified TAM Model
Shi-Jian Wu 1 * , Guo-Xin Liu 1, Xin-Min Liu 1, Zhong-Bao Zhou 2
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1 College of Economics and Management, Shandong University of Science and Technology, CHINA2 School of Business Administration, Hunan University, CHINA* Corresponding Author


Compared with traditional learning methods, Educational virtual community has the incomparable advantage of knowledge diffusion with high efficiency and wide range. It is conductive to the knowledge acquisition and innovation of learners, and it provides a platform for learners to change their roles from the passive recipient of information to the main participant of knowledge acquisition. Based on the interactions between users’ personal, technical and organizational characteristics, a modified technology acceptance model was presented in this paper to explain the willingness and behavior of knowledge sharing in EVC in order to propose and validate the effects of perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, and psychological ownership on the willingness and behavior of knowledge sharing. In this research, the methods of interviewing and questionnaires with 40 questions included have adopted and 334 members from 32 educational virtual communities were surveyed. Based on the 326 valid samples, the hypothesis of research be tested with software SPSS 22.0 by structural equation model. Empirical research found that: Perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use has remarkable positive impact on knowledge sharing willingness, and perceived usefulness with greater function can significantly promote perceived ease of use; psychological ownership can affect not only the knowledge sharing behavior through the knowledge sharing willingness, but also the behavior directly; the knowledge sharing willingness plays a fully mediating role between perceived usefulness and knowledge sharing behavior, while there exist the significant mediating effects between perceived ease of use and knowledge sharing behavior, and between psychological ownership and knowledge sharing behavior. Based on the conclusion of this research, the interactions between different factors should be taken into account in order to advance the willingness and behavior of knowledge sharing among EVC members and the perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use and psychological ownership level of community members should be proactively promoted.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 13, Issue 9, September 2017, 6313-6323

Publication date: 16 Sep 2017

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