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Exploring the Advantages of Using Social Network Sites (SNSs) in Dental Medicine Organizations

Franco, M., L. Pais (2017), "Exploring the Advantages of Using Social Network Sites (SNSs) in Dental Medicine Organizations", International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 30(4), 385-396.
Resumo:
Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to deepen and contribute to knowledge of the use of social network sites (SNSs) in organisations, and more precisely, identify the advantages.

Design/methodology/approach

To reach this objective, a cross-section study was adopted based on application of a questionnaire, the final sample consisting of 78 dental medicine organisations in Portugal.

Findings

The results obtained lead to the conclusion that a great number of the organisations studied are connected to SNSs, particularly Facebook. The advantages associated with marketing tools and breaking down barriers between the organisation and the world are those highlighted most in this study.

Practical implications

According to the empirical evidence obtained, organisations are found to use these sites for other purposes, such as communicating with clients/patients and receiving feedback on the service provided to increase satisfaction and improve the quality of services.

Originality/value

The study contributes to advancing theory in the field of internet research strategic. More precisely, this study is associated with the creation of a theoretical framework that shows the advantages of using SNSs in an innovative context: dental medicine organisations. A categorisation of these advantages and some implications for theory and practice are also some contributions of this study.