A Social Capital Perspective on Collaboration and Web 2.0

A Social Capital Perspective on Collaboration and Web 2.0

Gunilla Widén-Wulff (Åbo Akademi University, Finland) and Anna-Karin Tötterman (Åbo Akademi University, Finland)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch607


Social interaction technologies can successfully employ the previously untapped power of the web to utilize the collaborative creation of information and user-driven content. In this chapter, the social capital framework is applied to illustrate how Web 2.0 tools and techniques can support effective information and knowledge management in organizations. Interactions within and between organizations generate important practices that underscore the role of social capital. Managing social capital for effective knowledge sharing is a complex process, and Web 2.0 lends some support for organizations by creating a new culture of voluntary, contributive, and collaborative participation. The argument is made that Web 2.0 technologies can be seen as important tools that can bridge the creation and sharing of knowledge in diverse organizational contexts.

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