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dc.contributor.author Lillard, Linda L.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-07-01T14:49:09Z
dc.date.available 2015-07-01T14:49:09Z
dc.date.created 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-07-01
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3342
dc.description xv, 335 leaves en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explored entrepreneurship within the context of the online auction eBay to determine how this population locates and uses inform ation. Following assumptions of the interpretive paradigm and a grounded theory methodology, the investigator conducted two online focus groups, 31 online interviews, and document analysis on inform ation resources on the eBay web site over a period of four months. Social constructionism, role theory, and the theory of bounded rationality provided theoretical frameworks, and Taylor’s model of the Information Use Environment provided a structure for data analysis and presentation. This dissertation extended Taylor’s work by studying the inform ation use environments of entrepreneurs while suggesting several additions to Taylor’s model that more accurately portrayed online entrepreneurs operating in the eBay context. According to Taylor, individuals entering a profession are “socialized” into a common stock of knowledge, which creates for them specific roles. eBay informants, w ith diverse educational backgrounds and varied life and business experiences, lacked this sort of entree. Their information behavior can be understood in terms of Simon’s theory of bounded rationality since their lack of knowledge prevented awareness and use of available inform ation resources. Organizational, eBay-generated rules and unwritten rules of the informants also enabled and constrained actions and behaviors w ithin this environment, including information behaviors. Study results indicated m ajor problems experienced by informants were related to technology, though problems changed w ith more experience working in this environment. The predominance of females parallels research suggesting that women choose entrepreneurship because they desire challenge and self-determ ination, a balance of fam ily and work responsibilities, and career advancement. Taken together, the problems, problem resolutions, and inform ation behavior of the study informants closely resembled models of organizational socialization described in the business literature. A model based on the data shows the importance of Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission. studying individual inform ation seekers in the context w ithin which they operate when inform ation is sought rather than in isolation. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Entrepreneurship. en_US
dc.subject Information retrieval. en_US
dc.subject eBay (Firm) en_US
dc.title Information seeking in context en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.college slim en_US
dc.academic.area School of Library and Information Management en_US
dc.advisor Thomas, Nancy Pickering en_US
dc.department school of library and information management en_US

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