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New Technology of Library and Information Service  2016, Vol. 32 Issue (7-8): 70-77    DOI: 10.11925/infotech.1003-3513.2016.07.09
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Knowledge Dissemination Mechanism in Virtual Communities: Case Study Based on Complex Network Theory
Ye Teng1(),Han Lichuan1,Xing Chunxiao2,3,Zhang Yan2,3
1Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai JiaoTong University, Shanghai 200030, China
2Research Institute of Information Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
3Tsinghua National Laboratory for Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
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[Objective] This paper studies the mechanism of knowledge dissemination in virutal communities with the help of a new theoretical model. [Methods] First, we collected data from the virtual community GitHub. Second, we examined these data with social network and regression analysis techniques. Finally, we explored the influence of community member’s online position, physical location as well as attitude towards innovation to the knowledge dissemination speed and scope. [Results] We found that the number of online community members could change the scope of knowledge dissemination. The attitude towards innovation could affect the knowledge dissemination speed. The clustering extent posed negative effects to the knowledge dissemination scope and speed. [Limitations] This study was based on one virtual community. More research is needed to generalize the findings. [Conclusions] This study provides some strategical suggestion to virtual community management as well as members’ knowledge sharing and innovation activities.

Key wordsCollaborative innovation      Complex network      Virtual communities      Knowledge dissemination     
Received: 29 February 2016      Published: 29 September 2016

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Ye Teng,Han Lichuan,Xing Chunxiao,Zhang Yan. Knowledge Dissemination Mechanism in Virtual Communities: Case Study Based on Complex Network Theory. New Technology of Library and Information Service, 2016, 32(7-8): 70-77.

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