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Borrowed theory: applying exchange theories in information science research.

  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.

  • Type:

    Article

  • Date:

    01 October 2003

  • Publication Status:

    Published

  • Publisher

    Elsevier

  • DOI:

    10.1016/S0740-8188(03)00031-8

  • ISSN:

    0740-8188

  • Library of Congress:

    Z665 Library Science. Information Science

  • Dewey Decimal Classification:

    001 Knowledge

Citation

Hall, H. (2003). Borrowed theory: applying exchange theories in information science research. Library and Information Science Research. 25, 287-306. doi:10.1016/S0740-8188(03)00031-8. ISSN 0740-8188

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Keywords

information science research; exchange theory; social exchange theory; knowledge management; "borrowed theory"; gift economies;

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