@article{MartensenRyschkaBlesikBick.2016, author = {Martensen, M and Ryschka, S and Blesik, T and Bick, M}, year = {2016}, title = {Collaboration in the consulting industry: analyzing differences in the professional use of social software}, url = {http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1108/BPMJ-06-2015-0093}, journal = {Business Process Management Journal}, abstract = {Purpose By studying the drivers of social collaboration the present research aims to describe how, and for what job-related purposes, social software is employed in the digital workplace. Focusing on consultants, who are considered to be part of a knowledge-intensive and innovative industry, factors that may influence the adoption of professional social software are explored. In addition, insights about socio-demographic differences as well as distinct consulting segments and use categories are provided. Design/methodology/approach The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technologies (UTAUT) is the theoretical backbone of this research. The UTAUT model is expanded to fit the research goals, and the results from a quantitative study (n=341) are used to test the model. Findings The results suggest that the adoption of social software is associated with the expectation that one’s work performance will improve. There are significant differences regarding age and gender in the use of social software for job-related purposes. Practical implications Using the results of the study, social software suites can be tailored to users’ needs and preferences, which, in turn, may lead to higher levels of acceptance and intensity of use. Originality/value Social software is already widely adopted for private purposes, and it is being used more and more within the digital workplace, too. However, little research has been conducted into how, and for what job-related purposes, social software is employed, or into the potential drivers for its adoption. The stakeholders in our research include scholars and practitioners alike.}, volume = {22}, number = {4}, doi = {10.1108/BPMJ-06-2015-0093}, bild = {BPMJ.gif}, }