Why Should I Share? Examining Social Capital and Knowledge Contribution in Electronic Networks of Practice

  title={Why Should I Share? Examining Social Capital and Knowledge Contribution in Electronic Networks of Practice},
  author={Molly McLure Wasko and Samer Faraj},
  journal={MIS Q.},
Electronic networks of practice are computer-mediated discussion forums focused on problems of practice that enable individuals to exchange advice and ideas with others based on common interests. However, why individuals help strangers in these electronic networks is not well understood: there is no immediate benefit to the contributor, and free-riders are able to acquire the same knowledge as everyone else. To understand this paradox, we apply theories of collective action to examine how… 

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