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Avatars and Knowledge Sharing

DD Fehrenbacher, MM Weisner

ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation | Published : 2018


In human-computer interactions, digital representations of humans (called avatars) are commonly used. We study how knowledge sharing behavior within an organization is affected by avatar use among co-workers in a computer-mediated environment. Such inquiry is important because of the essential role of knowledge exchange for organizational success. Drawing on construal level theory, we examine how avatar use can influence knowledge exchange. Conducting an experiment that involves eye trackers, we predict and show that avatar use can decrease participants’ willingness to share knowledge. Our findings also suggest that factors traditionally associated with knowledge sharing interact with the ma..

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