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38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2005, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Island of Hawaii
Abstract - Minitrack "Online Communities in the Digital Economy"
Some years ago, Online Communities were considered one of the most promising innovations resulting from the Internet revolution. Community building and community development were proclaimed as key success factors for the digital enterprise. As a result, Internet ventures tried to artificially build and foster Online Communities in different forms – as part of online shops, portal sites or B2B platforms, or as design, relationship or gaming communities. At the same time research was mainly related to topics such as how to build a community and how to gain critical mass and market shares as soon as possible.
Today, findings show that in many cases Online Communities did not meet the expectations of their operators. Only a few Online Communities are financially sustainable, many disappeared and in many cases companies could not get the promised gains out of their online ventures. Consequently, the most important research questions concerning Online Communities are related to the investigation of factors for success or failure (financially as well as socially) by means of longitudinal studies. A related and lately emerging research area considers new forms of Online Communities – the so called Mobile Communities.
This minitrack comprises a series of papers that study success and failure of Online Communities and their respective business models. The papers provide longitudinal studies, discussion of social aspects, case studies, and address critical aspects of community building.
Possible Topics - Minitrack "Online Communities in the Digital Economy"
In 2005, we called for papers that address communities as a social phenomenon, the design of platforms and services, and community-related business models as critical success factors in the digital economy. Possible topics included, but were not limited to:
- Communities as sociological phenomenon in the digital economy
- Community-related business models, best practices and lessons learned
- Business Communities
- Personalization and use of customer profiles
- Case studies and topologies of Online Communities
- M-Communities and hybrid communities
- Design principles for community platforms: Coordination, trust, normative values, design patterns and methods, implementations, architectures and components, personalization and avatars
- Formal or semi-formal models of communities and their platforms: Conceptual frameworks, Organizational models, Cognitive models, Multi-agent systems, Formalizations, as, e.g., logical models
HICSS 2005 Papers - Minitrack "Online Communities in the Digital Economy"
- Minitrack: "Online Communities in the Digital Economy" (Ulrike Lechner, University of Bremen, Blair Nonnecke, University of Guelph, Petra Schubert, University of Applied Sciences Basel)
- Business Models for Online Communities: The Case of the Virtual Worlds Industry in China (Ian MacInnes, Syracuse University, Lili Hu, Syracuse University)
- An Evaluation of Australian and Swiss E-Shops in the Grocery Sector (Sherah Kurnia, The University of Melbourne, Uwe Leimstoll, University of Applied Sciences (FHBB), Basel, Switzerland, Petra Schubert, University of Applied Sciences (FHBB), Basel, Switzerland)
- Grassroots Initiated Networked Communities: A Study of Hybrid Physical/Virtual Communities (Mark Gaved, The Open University, Paul Mulholland, The Open University)
- Framework for Governance in Open Source Communities (Christoph Lattemann, Potsdam University, Stefan Stieglitz, Potsdam University)
- Bounded in Cyberspace: An Empirical Model of Self-Regulation in Virtual Communities (Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington, Seev Neumann, Tel-Aviv University)
- Virtual Organizations as Normative Multiagent Systems (Guido Boella, Università di Torino, Italy, Joris Hulstijn, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Leendert van der Torre, CWI, Amsterdam)
- User Motivation and Persuasion Strategy for Peer-to-Peer Communities (Ran Cheng, University of Saskatchewan, Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan)
- Motivating Content Contributions to Online Communities: Toward a More Comprehensive Theory (Steven J. J. Tedjamulia, Douglas L. Dean, David R. Olsen, Conan C. Albrecht)
- Virtual Community Success: A Uses and Gratifications Perspective (Sunanda Sangwan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
- Cool Hunting the Kids' Digital Playground: Datamining and the Privacy Debates in Children's Online Entertainment Sites (Grace Chung, Simon Fraser University, Sara M. Grimes, Simon Fraser University)
- IT-Supported Visualization of Knowledge Community Structures (Matthias Trier, Technical University Berlin, Germany)
- Towards a Typology for Designing Inter-Organisational Controls for Network Organisations (Vera Kartseva, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Yao-Hua Tan, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
- Business Models for Mobile Communities (Petra Schubert, University of Applied Sciences Basel and J. Felix Hampe, University of South Australia)
Abstract - Minitrack "Environmental Online Communication"
The Internet and wireless communication networks are transforming how society handles the explosive growth yet dwindling lifespan of environmental information. Addressing the transition to knowledge-based economies, the minitrack on environmental online communication investigates the role of networked information technology in advocating sustainability and ecosystem protection. It focuses on the development, analysis, usage and acceptance of networked information systems within the environmental sector. Such systems help improve awareness, manage organizations, build communities and engage them in decision-making.
HICSS 2005 Papers - Minitrack "Environmental Online Communication"
- Minitrack on Environmental Online Communication (Arno Scharl, University of Western Australia, Susan Senecah, State University of New York)
- Mobile Environmental Applications (Astrid Dickinger, Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration, Peter Heinzmann, University of Applied Sciences Rapperswil and cnlab AG, Jamie Murphy, University of Western Australia)
- Online Fundraising for Environmental Nonprofit Organizations (Irene Pollach, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, Horst Treiblmaier, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria, Arne Floh, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, Austria)
- Participatory Design as Apprenticeship: Sustainable Watershed Management as a Community Computing Application (Umer Farooq, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Cecelia B. Merkel, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA,Heather Nash, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Mary Beth Rosson, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, John M. Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, Lu Xiao, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA)