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How the Structures Provided by Social Media Enable Collaborative Outcomes: A Study of Service Co-creation in Nonprofits

Fatuma Namisango (), Kyeong Kang () and Ghassan Beydoun ()
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Fatuma Namisango: University of Technology Sydney, FEIT
Kyeong Kang: University of Technology Sydney, FEIT
Ghassan Beydoun: University of Technology Sydney, FEIT

Information Systems Frontiers, 2022, vol. 24, issue 2, No 10, 517-535

Abstract: Abstract This paper explains how social media drives organization-public collaborative outcomes such as social media-enabled service co-creation in non-profit organizations (nonprofits). We assume a technology affordances perspective to identify social media structures enacted through discovering functional affordances, managing constraints through privacy preferences, and constructing meaning and values, We explain how these structures relate to service co-creation. We surveyed 73 nonprofits on social media and collected 289 usable responses. We apply structural equation modeling to analyze the data. Our findings suggest that symbolic constructed meaning and values together with the organization’s privacy preferences on social media are positively related to socialization, visibility, and information sharing affordances. Unlike information sharing, socialization and visibility affordances are, in turn, positively related to service co-creation. This study advances our theoretical understanding of how social technology structures produce collaborative outcomes and offers practical insights into the cumulative value of social media.

Keywords: Social media; Functional affordances; Symbolic expressions; Technology constraints; Privacy; Service co-creation; Nonprofits (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s10796-020-10090-9

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