Murphy: Social Media Use Among Employees: Influences of Organizational Climate, Job Involvement, and Organizational Commitment

Title: Social Media Use Among Employees: Influences of Organizational Climate, Job Involvement, and Organizational Commitment
Presented by: Hannah Murphy
Committee Chair: Cindy Pury
Committee: Drs. Mary Taylor, Patrick Rosopa, and Robin Kowalski
Details: Friday, December 7th at 8:15am in 419 Brackett

Abstract:
How are social networking sites, such as Facebook, affecting employees and their organizations? Social media provide a way of creating communities where employees can share their workplace experiences and insights. The literature suggests that the manner in which these communications occur is dependent on the organizational climate, specifically the organization’s values of knowledge sharing and social communications. Based on findings in the preliminary study, the main study of this thesis investigates how an employee’s levels of organizational commitment and job involvement influence their use of social media. Correlational analyses revealed that an employee’s levels of organizational commitment and job involvement are positively related to whether they use Facebook to talk about their jobs. The organizational climate of rule bending was positively related to work-related Facebook use. An employee’s perceptions of appropriateness of using Facebook moderated the relationship between organizational commitment and work-related Facebook postings, with significant simple slopes at high levels of organizational commitment. Finally, the main hypothesis, that organizational commitment and job involvement would interact in their prediction of Facebook use was only marginally significant, but had significant simple slopes at low, medium, and high levels of job involvement.

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