A1 Journal article (refereed)
Work-Related Social Media Use : The Mediating Role of Social Media Communication Self-Efficacy (2022)

Pekkala, K., & van Zoonen, W. (2022). Work-Related Social Media Use : The Mediating Role of Social Media Communication Self-Efficacy. European Management Journal, 40(1), 67-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2021.03.004

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Pekkala, Kaisa; van Zoonen, Ward

Journal or series: European Management Journal

ISSN: 0263-2373

eISSN: 1873-5681

Publication year: 2022

Volume: 40

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 67-76

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2021.03.004

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/74894


Social media use has become an indispensable part of knowledge work. Employees posting work-related content on social media are considered credible sources of information and have significant importance for how stakeholders, such as potential customers and future employees, perceive the organization. Therefore, employees’ ability to communicate about their work on social media has become a competitive advantage both for individual employees and for their organizations, especially in the professional service sector. Hence, understanding the role of employees’ ability to use these social media professionally is crucial for understanding the communicative behaviors of contemporary knowledge workers. In this study, we draw on social cognitive theory and focus on the antecedents and consequences of self-efficacy in individuals’ work-related communication on social media. The results show that perceived organizational commitment, clarity of communicative role, social media training, and prior experience with social media serve as antecedents of communication self-efficacy and subsequent work-related communication on social media. Thus, organizations and particularly management, have several aspects directly within the scope of their control that may aid employees in engaging in the professional use of social media. The paper contributes to the literature on employees’ communication behavior and provides important and actionable insights for management and the development of human resources.

Keywords: organisational communication and public relations; external communication; social media; knowledge work; employees; independent initiative; social cognition

Free keywords: self-efficacy; social media; employees’ communication behavior; work-related social media communication

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Reporting Year: 2022

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