ABSTRACT

Written for both scholars and practitioners, this volume focuses on the design, management, use and impacts of Virtual Communities (VCs) from technological, social and economic perspectives. It brings together peer-reviewed research articles that give an in-depth review of the state-of-the-art practices, and also shows opportunities for research and practice in and around VCs.

chapter Chapter 1|11 pages

Virtual Communities

An Introduction
ByJan Marco Leimeister, Balaji Rajagopalan

part Part I|34 pages

Fundamentals of Virtual Comunities

chapter Chapter 2|19 pages

Creating Trust and Participation in Online Communities with it Features

The Technology-Trust-Participation Model
ByAlexander Benlian, Thomas Hess

chapter Chapter 3|13 pages

Sense of Community in Virtual Environments

ByDana Rotman, Philip Fei Wu

part Part II|49 pages

Applications of Virtual Communities

chapter Chapter 4|16 pages

Online Travel Communities

A Self-Determination Theory Approach
ByFelix-Robinson Aschoff, Gerhard Schwabe

chapter Chapter 5|18 pages

Factors Influencing Virtual Learning Community Success

ByRené Wegener, Jan Marco Leimeister

chapter Chapter 6|13 pages

Enhancing Absorptive Capacity in Open Innovation Communities

ByIvo Blohm, Vincent Kahl, Jan Marco Leimeister, Helmut Krcmar

part Part Iii|44 pages

Development of Virtual Communities

chapter Chapter 7|18 pages

Tools for Developing and Deploying Virtual Communities and Their Platforms

ByMichael J. Huber, Helmut Krcmar

chapter Chapter 8|13 pages

How to Identify Great Designs

The Subjectivity of Design Evaluations
ByJohann Füller, Katja Hutter, Johannes Gebauer, Clemens Pirker

chapter Chapter 9|11 pages

Design Considerations for Virtual Communities

ByBalaji Rajagopalan

part Part 4|19 pages

Extending Virtual Communities Beyond Traditional Boundaries

chapter Chapter 10|17 pages

Sociotechnically Integrated Access To Virtual Communities with Communitymirrors

ByMichael Koch, Florian Ott, Alexander Richter