ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (2): 283-291.

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Motives of Information-seeking and the Determinant Factors in Organizations

XIANG Chang-Chun;LONG Li-Rong   

  1. (1 School of Management, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan 430074, China)
    (2 School of Economics & Management, Three Gorges University, Yichang 443002, China)
  • Received:2011-05-27 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2012-02-15 Published:2012-02-15
  • Contact: XIANG Chang-Chun

Abstract: Proactive information-seeking has become an important mechanism for employees to obtain useful information for lack of feedback and uncertainty newcomers facing in organizations. Employees’ information-seeking behavior is driven by instrumental motive to obtain useful information, ego-based motive, and impression-based motive. The three motives are affected by a number of individual characteristics and contextual factors. It is recommended that future research should draw on following topics: (1) Balance of multiple motives; (2) Motives of information- seeking in virtual context; (3) Motives of managers’ feedback-seeking; (4) Relationship between motives of information-seeking and information efficacy.

Key words: information-seeking, feedback-seeking, instrumental motive, ego-based motive, impression-based motive