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