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Exploring How Individuals Manage Their Image When Interacting with Professional Contacts Online

Abstract : Social media is ubiquitous and most professionals feel compelled to use it for both personal and professional purposes. Although interacting with workplace colleagues and managers across online-offline and work-life offers several advantages, it also poses several image related challenges. This study aims to assess how individuals manage their image when interacting with professional contacts online. The article does this by studying individuals’ experiences of interacting online and their responses to cope with emerging conflicts. For this purpose, 31 interviews were conducted among Indian IT professionals. The findings suggest that respondents exercised audience segregation and content segregation to convey a desired professional image. By focusing on the impact of interactions with professional contacts online, the study suggests that individuals enact a ‘Restricted Self’ online. In doing so, the article contributes to the literature on online impression management.
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Aparna Gonibeed, M. Ravishankar. Exploring How Individuals Manage Their Image When Interacting with Professional Contacts Online. 15th Conference on e-Business, e-Services and e-Society (I3E), Sep 2016, Swansea, United Kingdom. pp.401-410, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-45234-0_36⟩. ⟨hal-01702192⟩

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