When to Signal? The Contextual Conditions for Career-Motivated User Contributions in Online Collaboration Communities

dc.contributor.author Lee, Jeongsik ”Jay”
dc.contributor.author Park, Hyunwoo
dc.contributor.author Zaggl, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2020-12-24T19:01:44Z
dc.date.available 2020-12-24T19:01:44Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-05
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the contextual conditions for users’ career concern as a motivational driver of contributions in online collaboration communities. On the data of user-level activities from a computer programming-related online Q&A community (Stack Overflow), merged with job-market data for software-developer, we find robust evidence of a positive association between individual users’ career concern and their contributions. More important, we find that this positive relationship is further strengthened through the contextual conditions: the number of vacancies in the job market, the expected salaries from these jobs, and the transparency in the flow of career-related information within the community. We contribute to the literature on motivation in online collaboration communities. Our study thus offers insight into how career concern can be effectively utilized to motivate contributors in these communities. Our findings also foreshadow a possible paradigm change by characterizing online collaboration communities as institutions of career concern and skill signaling.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2021.037
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-4-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70648
dc.language.iso English
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 54th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Collaboration in Online Communities: Information Processing and Decision Making
dc.subject career concern
dc.subject job-market signaling
dc.subject motivation
dc.subject online collaboration
dc.subject online communities
dc.title When to Signal? The Contextual Conditions for Career-Motivated User Contributions in Online Collaboration Communities
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