Benefits and drawbacks of communication visibility : from vicarious learning and supplemental work to knowledge reuse and overload
van Zoonen, W., Sivunen, A., & Rice, R. E. (2022). Benefits and drawbacks of communication visibility : from vicarious learning and supplemental work to knowledge reuse and overload. Journal of knowledge management, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-12-2021-0924
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Purpose This study aims to examine some of the benefits and drawbacks of communication visibility. Specifically, building on communication visibility theory, the authors study how and why message transparency and network translucence may increase knowledge reuse and perceived overload through behavioral responses of vicarious learning and technology-assisted supplemental work. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on survey data obtained from 1,127 employees of a global company operating in the industrial machinery sector, the authors used structural equation modeling to test the hypothesized model. Findings The results demonstrate that the two aspects of communication visibility yield somewhat differential benefits and drawbacks in terms of knowledge reuse and communication overload, through vicarious learning and supplemental work practices. Research limitations/implications The results demonstrate the relationship between different aspects of communication visibility and knowledge reuse, specifically through vicarious learning. Furthermore, the findings highlight a potential drawback of visibility – communication overload – specifically through technology-assisted supplemental work. Overall, network translucence seems more beneficial compared to message transparency in terms of knowledge reuse and communication overload. Originality/value The study connects with recent work on communication visibility by distinguishing differential direct and indirect effects of message transparency and network translucence. It also extends this work by testing relationships between communication visibility and a potential drawback of visibility – communication overload – specifically through technology-assisted supplemental work. ...
communication overload knowledge reuse message transparency network translucence technology-assisted supplemental work vicarious learning knowledge sharing learning overload communication visibility supplemental work sisäinen viestintä yritysviestintä yhteisöviestintä tiedonkulku ylikuormitus sosiaalinen media näkyvyys tiedotus oppiminen läpinäkyvyys
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Academy Project, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by the Academy of Finland (grant number: 318416).
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