Epistemic motivation, task reflexivity, and knowledge contribution behavior on team wikis: A cross-level moderation model

Xiaojie Zhang, Yulin Fang, Wei He, Yixiang Zhang, Xinmei Liu

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Abstract

A cross-level model based on the information processing perspective and trait activation theory was developed and tested in order to investigate the effects of individual-level epistemic motivation and team-level task reflexivity on three different individual contribution behaviors (i.e., adding, deleting, and revising) in the process of knowledge creation on team wikis. Using the Hierarchical Linear Modeling software package and the 2-wave data from 166 individuals in 51 wiki-based teams, we found cross-level interaction effects between individual epistemic motivation and team task reflexivity on different knowledge contribution behaviors on wikis. Epistemic motivation exerted a positive effect on adding, which was strengthened by team task reflexivity. The effect of epistemic motivation on deleting was positive only when task reflexivity was high. In addition, epistemic motivation was strongly positively related to revising, regardless of the level of task reflexivity involved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)448-461
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Volume70
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2019

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