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Extending Social Capital through Online Social Networks (OSNs) in Rural Australian SMEs

R Bosua, N Evans

ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation | Association of Information Systems | Published : 2017

Abstract

Geographically isolated rural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) face multiple challenges in an increasingly digitised, and networked business environment. Online Social Networking (OSN) tools and technologies may bridge time and distance gaps, complementing face-to-face knowledge sharing and the development of Social Capital (SC). We followed a qualitative case study approach to identify how rural Australian SMEs extend their knowledge sharing activities and SC through the use of OSNs. Our findings suggest that rural SMEs’ adoption and use of OSNs is a three-stage journey starting with no OSN use, followed by marginal OSN use, and ultimately active OSN use. We highlight that SC development..

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