Determinants of knowledge sharing of e-learners
by Chung-Chu Liu, Shiou-Yu Chen
International Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL), Vol. 2, No. 4, 2005

Abstract: This paper is intended to identify the determinants of knowledge sharing of e-learners and their behavioural differences during the same process under demographical characteristics. Qualitative and open-ended responses to questions were collected from 29 e-learners. Content analysis of those open-ended responses showed that there are 215 themes. And we condense these themes into four dimensions: senders' factors, receivers' factors, context factors and characteristics of knowledge. Some key factors founded by this research, which indeed influence the knowledge sharing behaviour, are stated as follows: senders' factors: personality, emotion, capability; receivers' factor: dislike, attitude, personality; context factors: competitive situation, time pressure, contribution; characteristics of knowledge: ''private or secret'', ''interesting or issues'', ''valuable''. This unique analyses framework and valuable findings of our present research offer a good beginning for advanced investigation of the knowledge sharing, one of the most important issues in the digital era.

Online publication date: Fri, 01-Apr-2005

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