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

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

A Thesis Proposal by Hannah Murphy

Committee: Dr. Pury (Chair), Dr. Rosopa, Dr. Taylor, & Dr. Kowalski
Friday, March 30 @ 11am, 419 Brackett Hall

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. Within organizational climate, an employee’s
perception of their company’s Facebook policy is hypothesized to
affect the likelihood that they utilize social media as a tool to
garner work-related social support and other job resources.
Additionally, the results from the preliminary study to this thesis
suggest that job involvement and organizational commitment will affect
employees’ utilization of Facebook in relation to their jobs. These
two constructs, level of job involvement, and level of commitment to
the organization, may differentially or jointly determine the nature
of an employee’s communications among other professionals, coworkers,
and friends on Facebook. In this thesis, job involvement,
organizational commitment, and organizational climate will be
considered as I seek to determine what motivates employees to share
information, opinions, and social support with their friends and
coworkers on Facebook.

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