Introduction

Introduction

Laku Chidambaram (University of Oklahoma, USA) and Ilze Zigurs (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-92-6.ch001
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Abstract

Since the dawn of civilization, new technologies—from the plow to the locomotive to the computer—have transformed human lives. These changes have often been for the better, but occasionally also for the worse. No matter what the consequence, these changes have always been irrevocable and pervasive. Today’s new technologies, from the well-connected computer to the digital communication infrastructure, are no exception. They are dramatically changing the way we work, play and live. This book explores how these real changes have helped create our virtual world. It also examines the impact of these changes on individuals, organizations and society.

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Dedication
Laku Chidambaram, Ilze Zigurs
Preface
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
Introduction
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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!
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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
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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
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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
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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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