Examining Ethics for an Action Research Project in an Enterprise Social Network Enabled Virtual Communities of Practice Environment

Aidan Duane, Niall Corocoran

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Abstract

The implementation of social media tools in organisations, known as enterprise social networking (ESN), provides a convenient means for staff to share knowledge in informal settings. ESN are used to support a knowledge management technique called communities of practice (CoP), and the use of ESN and CoP for organizational knowledge sharing is the subject of increasing interest and research as awareness of the benefits grows. Action research (AR) is seen as a suitable approach for studies in this field. However, given the people-centric nature of these systems, AR in this area presents considerable ethical dilemmas; brought about by the nature of AR and its research methods, and the nature of use of the ESN tools. This paper addresses how these ethical issues might be dealt with in the course of an AR study that examines how ESN can enable staff knowledge sharing in virtual CoP in a higher education context.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1970
Externally publishedYes
EventIrish Academy of Management Conference 2016 - UCD, Dublin, UCD, Dublin
Duration: 01 Jan 2016 → …

Conference

ConferenceIrish Academy of Management Conference 2016
CityUCD, Dublin
Period01/01/2016 → …

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