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Moderating Effects of Novelty and Spontaneity on Personal Electronic Communication at Work

Pruthikrai Mahatanankoon
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Pruthikrai Mahatanankoon: School of Information Technology, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, USA

International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST), 2012, vol. 2, issue 2, 19-32

Abstract: This exploratory study aims to examine the moderating effect of novelty seeking and spontaneity on the relationship between asynchronous and synchronous personal electronic communication at work. Hierarchical moderated regression analyses were used to analyze a survey of 110 white-collar employees working in the midwestern region of the United States. Data analysis revealed the moderating effects of spontaneity and novelty seeking on the transition from personal asynchronous to synchronous communication, emphasizing the role of novelty seeking and spontaneity as the precursors to higher media synchronicity—a transition from conveyance to convergence processes as observed in various hedonic settings. Strategies for workplace communication management are discussed.

Date: 2012
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