From Virtual Communities
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40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
January 3-6, 2007, Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort, Big Island, Hawaii
Virtual Communities have been studied from a variety of perspectives. Examples range from communities of interest to communities of practice, from gaming communities to communities of transaction. More specifically, community building and community management may be factors of key success in the digital economy. They may represent new business models in the digital economy, as well as being new venues of social interactions and social relationships.
Online communities differ in their orientations and platforms. Nevertheless, there are common features which all types of communities share: group interests, joint practices, collective ontologies with common semantics as well as normative issues. Communities are a sociological phenomenon. They can foster a social atmosphere for interactions and transactions.
The online mini-track has accepted eight papers that deal with various aspects of virtual communities and using various methodologies and style.
HICSS 2007 Papers
- Minitrack "Virtual Communities" (Karine Barzilai-Nahon, University of Washington)
- A System Dynamics Approach to Study Virtual Communities (Yan Mao, University of Saskatchewan, Julita Vassileva, University of Saskatchewan, Winfried Grassmann, University of Saskatchewan)
- False Information in Internet Auction Communities (Oliver Hinz, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany)
- An Empirical Study of Web-Based Knowledge Community Success (Hui Lin, Weiguo Fan, Linda Wallace, Virginia Tech, Zhongju Zhang, University of Connecticut)
- Connected Giving: Ordinary People Coordinating Disaster Relief on the Internet (Cristen Torrey, Moira Burke, Matthew Lee, Anind Dey, Susan Fussell, Sara Kiesler, Carnegie Mellon University)
- An Online Community as a New Tribalism: the World of Warcraft (Thomas W. Brignall, III, Fisk University, Thomas L. Van Valey, Western Michigan University)
- The Effect of Individual Needs, Trust and Identification in Explaining Participation Intentions in Virtual Communities (Juan Juan HAN, Raymond Jun ZHENG, Yunjie XU, National University of Singapore)
- The Future of Work: What Does Online Community Have to Do with It? (Dejin Zhao, Mary Beth Rosson, Sandeep Purao, Pennsylvania State University)
- It’s All News to Me: The Effect of Instruments on Ratings Provision (Cliff Lampe, Michigan State University, R. Kelly Garrett, University of California, Irvine)