A Dynamic Feedback Framework for Studying Growth Policies in Open Online Collaboration Communities

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Vedat G. Diker, College of Information Studies, University of Maryland


This paper reports the findings of a study which developed a theoretical framework for studying the growth policies in a special kind of virtual communities: open online collaboration communities. The study made use of dynamic feedback modeling and simulation, and a series of interviews with the members of an open online collaboration community that specializes on instructional material development and dissemination. The paper provides recommendations for practice in online communities that specialize in open online collaboration.


Virtual communities, online communities, collaborative content development, open source, feedback dynamics, system dynamics, simulation



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