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The influence of virtuality on social networks within and across work groups: A multilevel approach

Title
The influence of virtuality on social networks within and across work groups: A multilevel approach
Authors
Suh A.Shin K.-S.Ahuja M.Kim M.
Ewha Authors
신경식서아영
SCOPUS Author ID
신경식scopus
Issue Date
2011
Journal Title
Journal of Management Information Systems
ISSN
0742-1222JCR Link
Citation
vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 351 - 386
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
We examine how the virtuality of work context influences individuals' social networks within and across work groups. Given this purpose, we develop a multilevel research framework that explores the effects of different levels of virtuality on one's intra-group tie strength and extra-group network range based on the computer-mediated communication theory, the proximity theory, and the social network theory. The results of the hierarchical linear modeling indicate that the individual-level virtuality (use of personal and communal communication technologies) significantly influences one's intra-group tie strength and extra-group network range. Moreover, the results show that the effects of individual-level virtuality on social networks vary depending on the group-level virtuality, such as geographic/temporal dispersion and technological support. By illuminating how individuals' social networks can be developed through the appropriate use of personal and communal communication technologies in the context of a virtual group, this study provides useful insights into the mechanics that underlie effective virtual work. © 2011 M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
DOI
10.2753/MIS0742-1222280111
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