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Examining Factors that Affect Students’ Knowledge Sharing within Virtual Teams
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, Montclair State University, United States ; , University of Central Florida, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 26, Number 2, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine factors that might impact student knowledge sharing within virtual teams through online discussion boards. These factors include: trust, mutual influence, conflict, leadership, and cohesion. A path model was developed to determine whether relationships exist among knowledge sharing from asynchronous group discussions and the above five factors. Participants in this study were 149 undergraduate students from two online courses. Online interaction occurred via online discussion boards, email, wikis, journals and online chat rooms. A correlation design was conducted to examine the nature of the relationship among knowledge sharing and the five identified factors. The findings indicate that mutual influence and cohesion have direct relationships with knowledge sharing. In addition, trust and leadership affect knowledge sharing mediated through cohesion. Implications of the findings were discussed in the paper.

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He, J. & Gunter, G. (2015). Examining Factors that Affect Students’ Knowledge Sharing within Virtual Teams. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 26(2), 169-187. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2019 from .

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