Knowledge Sharing Behavior in e-Communities: From the Perspective of Transaction Cost Theory

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Executive Summary

This study aims to examine the factors affecting knowledge sharing behavior in knowledge-based electronic communities (e-communities) because quantity and quality of knowledge shared among the members play a critical role in the community's sustainability. Past research has suggested three perspectives that may affect the quantity and quality of knowledge shared: economics, social psychology, and social ecology. In this study, the authors strongly believe that an economic perspective may be suitable to validate factors influencing newly registered members' knowledge contribution at the beginning of relationship development. Accordingly, this study proposes a model to validate the factors influencing members' knowledge sharing based on Transaction Cost Theory.

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