Understanding Interaction Search Behavior in Professional Social Networks

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dc.contributor.author Harr, Rikard
dc.contributor.author Wiberg, Mikael
dc.contributor.author Whittaker, Steve
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-13T09:01:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-13T09:01:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Harr, R., Wiberg, M. & Whittaker, S. (2011). Understanding Interaction Search Behavior in Professional Social Networks. Human Technology, Volume 7(3), pp. 194-215. URN:NBN:fi:jyu-2011112211712. Retrieved from http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.identifier.issn 1795-6889
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/37072
dc.description.abstract We present an empirical study of social interaction in a professional social network. As the point of departure, we take previous research into distributed work and information foraging theory to explore interaction search behavior of individuals active in professional networks, examining how social factors govern their behavior. For this exploration, we focused on the process through which relevant collaborators are chosen to execute shared work tasks in the area of logistics, and identified six characteristics of the explored processes. We recognized the “survival of the social” as a cornerstone for efficient and long-term professional networks and outlined design implications arising from our findings. More specifically, we found that participants are oriented to solutions that involve active social agents and social relations, rather than optimizing based on task characteristics, efficiency, and cost. These behaviors motivate the need for the concept of social interaction foraging en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher University of Jyväskylä, Agora Center
dc.relation.ispartofseries Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments
dc.relation.uri http://www.humantechnology.jyu.fi
dc.rights © 2011 Rikard Harr, Mikael Wiberg, and Steve Whittaker, and the Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä
dc.subject.other social interaction foraging fi
dc.subject.other information foraging fi
dc.subject.other social network fi
dc.subject.other distributed work fi
dc.title Understanding Interaction Search Behavior in Professional Social Networks
dc.type Article
dc.identifier.urn URN: NBN:fi:jyu-2011112211712
dc.type.uri http://purl.org/eprint/type/JournalArticle
eprint.status http://purl.org/eprint/type/status/PeerReviewed

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