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The present paper will investigate how web 2.0 tools can contribute to the goal
of sharing (tacit) knowledge amongst young researchers from different disciplines, and
investigate the factors influencing the take-up of such tools. To this end, we will first
describe how a Dutch university has addressed this issue by means of a blog that is
developed to provide support and help for academic researchers by using information
technology (SHARE-IT). Next to providing an overview of the initiative, we will
describe how young researchers’ perceptions and attitudes of such blogs can be assessed.
Based on the seminal model on unified theory of acceptance and use of technology
(UTAUT) (Venkatesh, Morris, Gordon, & Davis, 2003), we will develop a questionnaire
that aims at determining young researchers’ web 2.0 behavior. Additionally, a second
questionnaire will be distributed, measuring factors that support or inhibit individuals’
knowledge sharing intentions (Bock, Zmund, Kim, & Lee, 2005). By contrasting the
findings with the results of similar research in the UK (Procter, Williams, & Stewart,
2010), we will then be able to provide valuable insights on the way young researchers,
across countries, approach and perceive blogs and other web 2.0 technologies.