Knowledge sharing in virtual communities - a review of the empirical research

  title={Knowledge sharing in virtual communities - a review of the empirical research},
  author={Miia Kosonen},
  journal={Int. J. Web Based Communities},
  • Miia Kosonen
  • Published 1 March 2009
  • Business
  • Int. J. Web Based Communities
This study reviews the recent empirical studies on knowledge sharing in Virtual Communities (VCs). The paper begins with an analysis of the VC conceptualisation and the focal phenomenon of knowledge sharing. Secondly, the factors that seem to facilitate knowledge-sharing activities in VCs are identified and categorised as individual motivations, personal characteristics, technical attributes and community-level social capital. Overall, the results demonstrate a strong emphasis on why… 

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