What’s in IT for employees? Understanding the relationship between use and performance in enterprise social software

We study how enterprise social software platform use affects employee performance

Maurice Kuegler; Stefan Smolnik; Gerald Kane


Scholarcy highlights

  • This study explores the link between enterprise social software platforms’ use and its potential performance impacts
  • Our findings show that ESSP use influences employee performance in two ways: through improved task performance and employee innovation
  • We show that task equivocality moderates the relationship between ESSP use and employee performance outcomes, with ESSP use having a stronger impact on the performance of non-routine tasks
  • We show that using ESSPs for connecting within teams has a stronger effect on task performance, while using ESSP for connecting across teams has a stronger effect on employee innovation
  • These results can help researchers and practitioners better understand how enterprise social software platforms’ use affects employee performance and the conditions best suited to achieve these performance outcomes in an enterprise setting

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