Understanding user's sustained participation in social research network sites

Xiongfei Cao, Zhao Cai, Zhongsheng Hua, Xi Zhang

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Recently, a new form of social network site focusing on researchers has emerged and attracted worldwide users. In addition to basic functionalities of SNSs, social research network sites (SRNS) combine multiple research-specific tools, such as knowledge management tools, citation management, and paper recommendation engines, supporting researchers to collaboratively structure, coordinate and conduct their work online. However, scholars are not interested in social networking as an end in itself, they networks to enhance productivity. The turnover rate of users remains a great challenge for the viability of SRNS. Therefore, exploring the determinants that impact members' continued participation behavior in SRNS is critical to both scholars and practitioners. From the perspective of group commitment, we attempt to address the following two questions. First, what factors would cultivate different forms of commitment of members to a virtual group. Second, how would these different forms of commitment impact members' continuance intention in SRNS. Based on the target-behavior commitment model, we proposed the preliminary model for understanding continued knowledge sharing (from contributing and seeking perspectives) in SRNS. The expected contribution of this study is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014 - Chengdu, China
Duration: 24 Jun 201428 Jun 2014


Conference18th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems, PACIS 2014


  • Commitment theory
  • Social research network sites (SRNS)
  • Sustained participation
  • Target-behavior commitment model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems


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