Original Research - Special Collection: Technology in the African workplace

Factors influencing the intention to use social media for work-related purposes at a South African higher education institution

Liezel Cilliers, Willie T. Chinyamurindi, Kim Viljoen
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 15 | a859 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v15i0.859 | © 2017 Liezel Cilliers, Willie T. Chinyamurindi, Kim Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 September 2016 | Published: 25 July 2017

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Liezel Cilliers, Department of Information Systems, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Willie T. Chinyamurindi, Department of Business Management, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Kim Viljoen, Department of Business Management, University of Fort Hare, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: The rapid development of information communication technology (ICT) has changed much of contemporary society. ICT’s influence extends to the working context with ramifications not only for employees but also for the entire organisation.

Research purpose: The primary purpose of this research was to investigate the behavioural intention of a sample of employees at a traditional higher education institution to make use of social media within the workplace.

Motivation for the study: Social media has become a common tool within society for communication and networking purposes. An understanding of the factors that influence behavioural intention to use social media within the workplace can assist the organisation to better manage social media usage within the workplace.

Research design, approach and method: The research adopted the positivism paradigm with a quantitative research approach. The data were analysed making use of exploratory factor analysis and multiple regression analysis. A traditional higher education institution was chosen as the research site for the study, relying on a convenience sample (n = 134) and data gathered using the work-related social media scale and behavioural intention to use scale.

Main findings: Although most employees make use of social media for problem-solving and communication purposes already in the workplace, organisations should allow their employees to help manage their reputation on social media.

Practical and managerial implications: An understanding of the factors that influence behavioural intention to use social media within the workplace can serve as a useful precursor for both employee and organisational-specific interventions. This study has specific relevance to the use of ICT platforms, such as social media, in traditional higher education institutions in South Africa. The study’s results are therefore useful to both employees as end-users and managers as drivers of such interventions in the workplace.

Contribution: This study is one of the first within a South African work context to investigate social media usage in a traditional higher education institution and proposes a workplace social media usage framework (WSMUF) that helps not only employees but also the entire organisation to predict intention to use social media in the workplace.


Keywords

social media; behavioural intent; communication; problem solving; reputation management

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