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Personal and External Determinants of Medical Bloggers' Knowledge Sharing Behavior

Faezeh Karimi and Danny C.C. Poo

(Submission #42)


This paper investigates the factors affecting medical bloggers’ knowledge sharing behavior from both personal and external aspects. We develop a model based on the social cognitive theory and augment it with the social capital theory. The model is empirically examined based on the survey data collected from 75 bloggers writing on medical issues, and evaluated with confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Among the personal factors, we examined outcome expectations including reputation and enjoyment in helping others. Encouragement by others, identification and interaction ties were investigated as external factors. Encouragement by others and reputation were found to significantly affect medical bloggers’ knowledge sharing behavior, while encouragement by others, identification, and interaction ties were not significant. However, encouragement by others exhibited significant impact on reputation and enjoyment in helping others. The implications for theory and practice and future possible research are discussed.

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