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Borrowed theory: applying exchange theories in information science research.

Hall, Hazel (2003) Borrowed theory: applying exchange theories in information science research. Library & Information Science Research, 25 (3). pp. 287-306. ISSN 0740 8188

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Abstract/Description

This article discusses the applicability of “borrowing” theory originally developed in other
disciplines to information science research, and, in particular, the analytical concepts and
assumptions of social exchange theory as a framework for exploring motivational factors of
knowledge sharing in large, distributed, information-intensive organizations. Social exchange
theory relates to sociology, psychology, and anthropology, and the article indicates the extent
to which knowledge has been regarded as an “exchange resource”. This is followed by an
analysis of previous work that has tied exchange theory to areas of interest to information
scientists. An ongoing research project tests the analytical concepts and assumptions of
social exchange theory in a knowledge market, and the potential for such work to generate
further theory.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0740 8188
Electronic ISSN: 1873-1848
Uncontrolled Keywords: information science research; exchange theory; social exchange theory; knowledge management; "borrowed theory"; gift economies;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 001 Knowledge
000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 000 Computer science, information & general works
Library of Congress Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Item ID: 2184
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2008 11:45
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2013 14:14
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2184

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