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Why do users continually seek knowledge in online Q&A communities? An empirical investigation

Why do users continually seek knowledge in online Q&A communities? An empirical investigation Online Q&A communities have been widely highlighted as an important knowledge exchange market. Although motivations for users’ initial knowledge-seeking behavior have been widely investigated, the factors that affect online Q&A users’ continued knowledge-seeking behavior are still vague. This study aims to investigate the factors that affect users continuously seeking knowledge from online social Q&A communities.Design/methodology/approachBased on social information processing theory, social capital theory, social exchange theory and social cognitive theory, this study used a negative binomial regression model to explore what would affect people’s continued knowledge-seeking behavior. Empirical data was collected from a popular Chinese online social Q&A community.FindingsThe results indicate that while previous knowledge sharing behavior, peer responses for previous seeking behavior, identity-based trust have a positive impact on knowledge-seeking behaviors, social exposure has a negative impact. In addition, self-presentation negatively moderates the relationship between social exposure and knowledge-seeking behavior.Originality/valueThis study contributed to the theoretical basis for knowledge-seeking behavior in online Q&A communities. The research findings can be used to derive guidelines for the development and operation of online social Q&A communities. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Discovery and Delivery Emerald Publishing

Why do users continually seek knowledge in online Q&A communities? An empirical investigation

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2398-6247
eISSN
2398-6247
DOI
10.1108/idd-04-2021-0042
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Abstract

Online Q&A communities have been widely highlighted as an important knowledge exchange market. Although motivations for users’ initial knowledge-seeking behavior have been widely investigated, the factors that affect online Q&A users’ continued knowledge-seeking behavior are still vague. This study aims to investigate the factors that affect users continuously seeking knowledge from online social Q&A communities.Design/methodology/approachBased on social information processing theory, social capital theory, social exchange theory and social cognitive theory, this study used a negative binomial regression model to explore what would affect people’s continued knowledge-seeking behavior. Empirical data was collected from a popular Chinese online social Q&A community.FindingsThe results indicate that while previous knowledge sharing behavior, peer responses for previous seeking behavior, identity-based trust have a positive impact on knowledge-seeking behaviors, social exposure has a negative impact. In addition, self-presentation negatively moderates the relationship between social exposure and knowledge-seeking behavior.Originality/valueThis study contributed to the theoretical basis for knowledge-seeking behavior in online Q&A communities. The research findings can be used to derive guidelines for the development and operation of online social Q&A communities.

Journal

Information Discovery and DeliveryEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 6, 2023

Keywords: Knowledge-seeking; Knowledge exchange; Identity-based trust; Communication identity

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