AbstractSocial networking systems have become very popular in the last 2-3 years. Systems like mySpace, Orkut and linkedIn are changing the way people conduct their online social lives. This thesis looks at the potential of social networking systems to stimulate knowledge sharing for the stimulation of creativity and innovation.
Contributions include :
* a clarification of the nature of information and knowledge and the
proposition of a straightforward distinction between both concepts.
* a perspective on the variables that play a role in determining
* a study of the structure of existing social networking systems.
* a discussion of knowledge sharing over social networking systems
using systems theory (autopoiesis and mediator theory).
* insights in the shape and evolution of the social network, created
by one social networking system.
* empirical findings on the way people share knowledge in one social
|Date of Award||30 Oct 2006|
|Supervisor||Eduard Vandijck (Promotor) & Francis Heylighen (Jury)|
- social networks