Using Social Media for Business Communication : A Symbolic Interaction Perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS2016)
Place of PublicationWollongong
PublisherUniversity of Wollongong Faculty of Business
ISBN (Print)978-1-74128-267-2
StatePublished - 5 Dec 2016

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TitleThe 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACSIS 2016)
LocationUniversity of Wollongong
PlaceAustralia
CityWollongong
Period5 - 7 December 2016

Abstract

It is important to understand the symbolic meaning of social media perceived by users in a particular communication context, as it may completely deviate from designers' original intentions. In the exploratory case study of Moon Struck hotel in China, we investigate how customers interpret this hotel's use of WeChat (the most dominant instant messaging tool in China) for business communication and how customers respond to the messages received from WeChat in this context. Leveraging the symbolic interaction perspective, we report that customers' interpretations towards the symbolic meaning of WeChat vary across personal and business communication contexts, and subsequently affect customers' usage behaviour of WeChat. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 12 selected followers of the hotel's WeChat account, as well as company executives at this hotel, we identify the key findings and discuss the theoretical implications and practical recommendations.

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  • Symbolic meaning of technology, Social media, Business communication, Symbolic interaction perspective, China

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Using Social Media for Business Communication : A Symbolic Interaction Perspective. / Chen, Renee Rui; Davison, Robert M.; Ou, Carol Xiaojuan .

Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS2016). Wollongong : University of Wollongong Faculty of Business, 2016.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)Not applicablepeer-review