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|Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility and Influence
Dona J. Hickey, Joe Essid.
The presence and ubiquity of the internet continues to transform the way in which we identify ourselves and others both online and offline. The development of virtual communities permits users to create an online identity to interact with and influence one another in ways that vary greatly from...
Educational, Psychological, and Behavioral Considerations in Niche Online Communities
Vivek Venkatesh, Jason Wallin, Juan Carlos Castro, Jason Edward Lewis.
Online communities continue to evolve as more people take on a virtual presence. This shift in online communities and the diversity of individuals populating the web has allowed for the emergence of virtual communities centered on niche topics of interests ranging from heavy metal music to indigenous...
Cases on Online Learning Communities and Beyond: Investigations and Applications
Harrison Hao Yang, Shuyan Wang.
Technology-enriched online settings provide new ways to support lifelong learning. Learners can interact with other learners, gain from their experiences, and then construct their own knowledge, be it through Google Docs, online collaborative communities, YouTube, wikis, or blogs. Cases on Online...
Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments
Harrison Hao Yang, Steve Chi-Yin Yuen.
Researchers and educators are increasingly interested in how virtual worlds allow users to interact, play, learn, do business, share, and collaborate in an online environment. Handbook of Research on Practices and Outcomes in Virtual Worlds and Environments not only presents experienced professionals...
E-Health Communities and Online Self-Help Groups: Applications and Usage
E-health communities, also called Web-based health communities, have become popular arenas for support and sharing of experience, knowledge and advice among patients and citizens. E-health communities are used on a day-to-day basis by people who help each other cope with different health conditions and...
Virtual Worlds and Metaverse Platforms: New Communication and Identity Paradigms
Nelson Zagalo, Leonel Morgado, Ana Boa-Ventura.
While metaverse platforms are no longer a novel topic, they still pose challenges for the adaption of conventional research methodologies and communication practices. Virtual Worlds and Metaverse Platforms: New Communication and Identity Paradigms presents foundational research, models, case studies...
Virtual Community Building and the Information Society: Current and Future Directions
Christo El Morr, Pierre Maret.
Emergent technologies, including ambient intelligence and pervasive computing, promise a considerable advance in the way people use virtual communities, and new, innovative applications are making virtual communities more dynamic and usable than ever. Virtual Community Building and the Information...
Virtual Community Participation and Motivation: Cross-Disciplinary Theories
With the power to gather people with similar interests together, virtual communities have gained attention by not only practitioners, but researchers, as well. Virtual Community Participation and Motivation: Cross-Disciplinary Theories offers in-depth coverage of state-of-the-art research on virtual...
Metaplasticity in Virtual Worlds: Aesthetics and Semantic Concepts
The concept of virtual worlds is strongly related to the current innovations of new media communication. As such, it is increasingly imperative to understand the criteria for creating virtual worlds as well as the evolution in system architecture, information visualization and human interaction....
Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications
Information Resources Management Association.
Virtual communities have the potential to revolutionize all aspects of modern life, as individuals and groups conduct a significant amount of business and personal networking in online environments. Virtual Communities: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools and Applications thoroughly investigates the...
Law and Order in Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, Their Ownership and Rights
As virtual worlds increase in their depth and number, evolving into virtual communities with separate rules and expectations, they are often brought into conflict with the legal rules of the physical world. Law and Order in Virtual Worlds: Exploring Avatars, Their Ownership and Rights provides an...
Communication, Relationships and Practices in Virtual Work
Organizations are rapidly shifting the way that individuals conceptualize, participate, and engage in work. A significant change is how organizations are coordinating, arranging, and organizing the activities of their employees for the accomplishments of organizational goals.
Examining Tensions in Telework Policies
Jennifer L. Gibbs, Craig R. Scott, Young Hoon Kim, Sun Kyong Lee.
This chapter examines workplace policies related to virtual work, with a specific focus on telework policies. Such policies are important to successful telework in communicating rules and expectations and providing a basis for negotiation between individual teleworkers and their employers. A content...
Online Teaching as Virtual Work in the New (Political) Economy
Roy Schwartzman, David Carlone.
Online teaching and learning has been adopted throughout higher education with minimal critical attention to the challenges it poses to traditional definitions of academic labor. This chapter explores four areas where the nature of academic labor becomes contestable through the introduction of online...
The Ethical Implications of the Virtual Work Environment
Rachel N. Byers.
Ethical issues due to the following four major factors inherent to virtual work are examined: (1) organizational culture, (2) trust, (3) cross-cultural diversity, and (4) monitoring. The author proposes that the negative ethical implications of the virtual work environment can be overcome by following...
The Electronic Panopticon : Organizational Surveillance in Virtual Work
Shawn D. Long, Richie A. Goodman, Chase Clow.
This chapter explores the role of surveillance in virtual work. With the modern societal shift as well as the increased global market, working virtually is becoming more necessary and even a requirement at times. With the removal of physical interaction, questions of how to properly ensure productivity...
Virtual Team Identity Construction and Boundary Maintenance
Huiyan Zhang, Marshall Scott Poole.
This chapter reports the results of a multiple case study which investigated how virtual teams appropriated multiple media to facilitate the construction of group identity and manage group boundaries. It focuses on relationships within and between virtual teams. The study found five processes that...
Temporary Virtual Teams: An Empirical Examination of Team Development
Stacey L. Connaughton, Elizabeth A. Williams, Jennifer S. Linvill, Elizabeth J. O’Connor, Troy Hayes.
Temporary virtual teams are common organizing forms across industries and sectors, and their members often span national, functional, and other boundaries. Many times temporary virtual team members have no prior experience working with one another, may seldom if ever meet face-to-face, and may never...
Status and Influence Processes in Virtual Teams and Mobile Collaborations
Elizabeth C. Ravlin.
Communication between members of decision-making teams has long been known to be strongly influenced by member status. However, we still know relatively little about how status and status-driven influence processes change with the implementation of technologically-mediated virtual teams and mobile...
Sense of Community in Professional Virtual Communities
Anita Blanchard, David A. Askay, Katherine A. Frear.
Sense of virtual community (feelings of identity, belonging, and attachment) is an essential component of virtual communities. In this chapter, we develop a model of how sense of virtual community develops in professional virtual communities. Based on sense of virtual community models in social virtual...
Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter, Emilio S. Hernandez.
With the proliferation of information technology and its saturation within homes, classrooms, and organizations, the traditional landscape of mentoring relationships is quickly becoming a faceless phenomenon. Virtual mentoring is rapidly being the more preferred way to initiate mentor and protégé...