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The context and content related determinants of professional social networking site usage – A perceived value perspective

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dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.advisor Tuunainen, Virpi
dc.contributor.advisor Liu, Yong
dc.contributor.author Korhonen, Lauri
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-23T16:00:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-23T16:00:40Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/39107
dc.description.abstract Previous studies of organisational or recreational use of social networking sites (SNSs) are unable to fully explain a setting where work and play aspects combine, as in the case of professional SNS. This thesis aims at complementing the current research on SNS usage determinants by including the parallel roles of individual and professional self in using a professional SNS, a topic still academically sparse. This thesis applies the perceived value concept as a multidimensional determinant of SNS usage. Previous research has confirmed the relevance of perceived value in studying SNS continuance. In this study, perceived value is framed using context-content and individual-professional value scales for explaining the continuous usage of professional SNS. Theory on perceived consumption value (individual self) is complemented with social capital theory and the concept of resource pooling (professional self). Data from LinkedIn usage is then collected from users of different professional life stage. The research model and hypotheses are tested using PLS-SEM method. The key findings of this study both complement and confirm previous SNS research. First, the results indicate that the bridging social capital is a major contextual determinant of professional SNS usage whereas bonding social capital bears no clear significance. This is opposing to what previous literature on recreational SNS has claimed. Second, the hedonic value seems to be a stronger determinant of professional SNS usage than utilitarian value – something not expected in the case of professional service, but parallel to what has been found on recreational SNS. The perceived value approach brings a new perspective to SNS research and the robust empirical results verify the applicability of the individual-professional as well as the context-content scale of perceived value. The framework also shows substantial predictive capability which demonstrates its relevance for subsequent research. en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The context and content related determinants of professional social networking site usage – A perceived value perspective en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Tieto- ja palvelujohtamisen laitos fi
dc.subject.keyword social network site en
dc.subject.keyword perceived value en
dc.subject.keyword social capital en
dc.subject.keyword continuous usage en
dc.subject.keyword networking en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201906234173
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Maisterin opinnäyte fi
dc.programme Information and Service Management (ISM) en
dc.location P1 I fi
local.aalto.electroniconly yes
local.aalto.openaccess yes


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