Social Capital in Electronic Networks of Practice: An Analysis of University Blogging Communities

  • Sharon PurchaseEmail author
  • Nick Letch


Weblogs are a popular social communication technology enabling individuals to collaborate and share knowledge. This paper investigates how universities use blogging to facilitate student information exchange that is not directly moderated within a classroom environment. Social capital has been identified as a powerful indicator facilitating the transfer of knowledge (Nahapiet and Ghoshal 1998) and is used as the theoretical underpinnings for investigating why students participate in un-moderated university blogging communities. It is postulated that students with higher levels of social capital are more likely to participate within university blogging communities. Results suggest that the following aspects of social capital: trust; personal reputation and the enjoyment derived from helping others; significantly influence student participation in un-moderated blogging communities.


Social Capital Confirmatory Factor Analysis Knowledge Sharing Online Community Academic Staff 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UWA Business SchoolThe University of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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