Department of Finance and Decision Sciences
Gender differences in intentional social action: We-intention to engage in social network-facilitated team collaboration
The growth and popularity of Web 2.0 applications help people to build and maintain their social networks online and further encourage social network-facilitated team collaboration. In this study, we conceptualized the use of instant messaging in social network-facilitated team collaboration as an intentional social action and further investigated the effect of gender differences in the development of we-intention (i.e. collective intention) to engage in such collaboration. A research model was developed and empirically tested with 482 university students in Mainland China. The results demonstrated that the effects of attitude, positive anticipated emotions, and group norms on we-intention were more important for men, whereas the effects of social identity and negative anticipated emotions were more significant for women to collectively participate in social network-facilitated team collaboration. We believe the implications of this study would shed considerable light on both research and practice. © 2010 JIT Palgrave Macmillan.
anticipated emotions, gender, instant messaging, social influence, social networking, we-intention
Source Publication Title
Journal of Information Technology
Link to Publisher's Edition
Shen, Aaron X., Matthew K. Lee, Christy M. Cheung, and Huaping Chen. "Gender differences in intentional social action: We-intention to engage in social network-facilitated team collaboration." Journal of Information Technology 25.2 (2010): 152-169.