Going Virtual: The Driving Forces and Arrangements

Going Virtual: The Driving Forces and Arrangements

Magid Igbaria (Claremont Graduate University, USA), Conrad Shayo (California State University, San Bernardino, USA) and Lorne Olfman (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-92-6.ch002
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In this chapter we examine the driving forces behind the growth of virtual societies and discuss existing arrangements and practices at the individual, group, organization, and community levels. We also examine the implications of how people will live and work in societies where these arrangements and practices are widespread and mixed with face-to-face relationships. Our discussion follows the model of virtual society presented in Figure 1. Figure 1 describes an evolutionary model conceptualizing an entire hierarchy for studying the virtual society and summarizes both the driving forces and arrangements that are critical components of this proposed framework. Specifically, this chapter is organized as follows: We first discuss the driving forces which include global economics, policies and politics, enlightened population, and information technology; second we describe existing arrangements and practices at the individual, group, organization, and community levels. Finally, we examine the dilemmas and implications of the virtual society on peoples’ lives and work.

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Laku Chidambaram
Chapter 1
Introduction  (pages 1-8)
Laku Chidambaram, Ilze Zigurs
Since the dawn of civilization, new technologies—from the plow to the locomotive to the computer—have transformed human lives. These changes have... Sample PDF
Chapter 2
Magid Igbaria, Conrad Shayo, Lorne Olfman
In this chapter we examine the driving forces behind the growth of virtual societies and discuss existing arrangements and practices at the... Sample PDF
Going Virtual: The Driving Forces and Arrangements
Chapter 3
John E. Galvin, Manju K. Ahuja
The small miracle of telecommunications that Alexander Graham Bell brought to society in 1876 continues to transform our lives today. A technology... Sample PDF
Am I Doing What's Expected? New Member Socialization in Virtual Groups
Chapter 4
Fred Niederman, Bruce Rollier
Can technology make education more attainable for those on the lower economic levels? If so, this might raise the standard of living for everyone... Sample PDF
How Are You Going to Keep Them in the Classroom After They've Seen MTV? Online Education in a Virtual World
Chapter 5
Gloria Mark
The goal of this chapter is to describe certain challenges for teams who engage in virtually collocated work. Numerous challenges face these teams... Sample PDF
Meeting Current Challenges for Virtually Collocated Teams: Participation, Culture and Integration
Chapter 6
Diana Burley Gant
In this chapter, we explore why organizations create Web links to other organizations by looking at the set of relationships among a group of... Sample PDF
Succeeding in the Virtual World: How Relationships Add Value on the Web
Chapter 7
Ramesh Venkataraman
In this chapter, we trace the evolution of the two types of online poker games, characterize the players who play them and examine the reasons for... Sample PDF
Online Poker and the Individuals Who Play It
Chapter 8
Jo Ann Oravec
This chapter analyzes the emerging forms of online recreation and play in the workplace and addresses how their benefits and drawbacks are being... Sample PDF
Online Recreation and Play in Organizational Life: The Internet as Virtual Contested Terrain
Chapter 9
Laku Chidambaram, Ilze Zigurs
when we indulge in virtual leisure, the two ends of the spectrum—unwanted social influences and desirable social outcomes—are evident from the... Sample PDF
Play's the Thing … on the Web!
Chapter 10
Jennifer Petersen
In this chapter, I suggest that rather than focusing the discussion of the socio-political impact of new communications technologies solely within... Sample PDF
Citizens and Spokesmen: Politics and Personal Expression on the Web
Chapter 11
Urs E. Gattiker, Stefano Perlusz, Kristoffer Bohmann, Christian Morck Sorensen
This chapter advances our understanding about a virtual community sponsored by a not-for-profit association and including members from around the... Sample PDF
The Virtual Community: Building on Social Structure, Relations and Trust to Achieve Value
Chapter 12
Wanda J. Orlikowski, JoAnne Yates, Nils Olaya Fonstad
In this chapter, we provide an account of the emergence of a virtual community following a shift in institutional work practice from a traditional... Sample PDF
Sloan 2001: A Virtual Odyssey
Chapter 13
Marios Koufaris
At its core, the Internet is a communication medium. As such, it can enable social interactions between people in different parts of the world and... Sample PDF
The Search for a New Identity: Post-Organ Transplant Recipients and the Internet
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