Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration

Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration

Sylvie Albert (Laurentian University, Canada), Don Flournoy (Ohio University, Athens, USA) and Rolland LeBrasseur (Laurentian University, Canada )
Release Date: March, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 344
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-771-3
ISBN13: 9781599047713|ISBN10: 1599047713|EISBN13: 9781599047737
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Description & Coverage
Description:

Today, information communication technologies, such as the Internet and World Wide Web, are inextricably woven into the fabric of social and economic development. These changes are happening locally as well as globally, and the impact is transformational everywhere.

Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration looks at best practices in building sustainable community development to explain not only how but why. This unique book contains extensive referencing and sophisticated analysis in the ways communities are using information communication technologies to secure a more prosperous future.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Citizen Empowerment
  • Democratic Participation
  • Digital Collaboration
  • Digital Culture
  • Digital Infrastructure
  • Economic Development
  • Information Communication Technologies
  • Knowledge Workforce
  • Networked Communities
  • Public Policy Reforms
  • Sustainable Innovations
  • User-Centered Networks
Reviews & Statements

This book focuses on communities that have—or want to have—digital broadband capability and are eager to make maximum use of that capability for their citizens.

– Sylvie Albert, Laurentian University, Canada

This provides success stories of community transformation, and offers a framework for more active and informed development.

– Book News Inc. (February 2009)

This book opened a wider window to unveil the secret of networked communities to the public as a whole.

– Cais M.R. Al-Tamimi, United Arab Emirates University, UAE

Overall, Networked Communities provides a good starting point for educationalists and graduate students new to the field of online communities [...] each chapter is well written and the fine use of examples helps relate concept to real-world practice.

– Online Information Review, Vol. 34, No. 1

A remarkable accent is given to the concept of network society, currently an object of intensive study everywhere.

– Serhiy Kvit, National University of

Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,

– Ukraine International Journal of Business Data Communications and Networking, Vol. 5. No. 4
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Sylvie Albert, Doctorate in Business Administration, certified Economic Developer and Human Resource Manager, is Assistant-Professor of Strategy in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University since 2004, and president of the management consulting firm Planned Approach Inc. since 1997. This is her second book dealing with online communities. Dr. Albert is a researcher and evaluator for selection of the top 7 International Intelligent Community Awards, a member of the council of Ontario Universities, and a former director of two Ontario (Canada) provincial boards on community development dealing with telecommunication innovation. Dr. Albert has acted as project manager and advisor on many telecommunication networks across Canada and has been called upon to assist government in drawing policy and planning for regional telecommunication project development and evaluation. She was also a Municipal Director of Economic Development (1992-1997), and a human resource consultant (1986-1992).
Don M. Flournoy, PhD, is a Professor of Telecommunications in the School of Telecommunications, Ohio University (Athens). His research interests lie in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to the solution of human problems. He is the author of seven books, including The Broadband Millennium: Communication Technologies and Markets, Chicago: International Engineering Consortium(2004) and hundreds of scholarly articles and papers. From 1990-2007, Dr. Flournoy was director of the Ohio University Institute for Telecommunications Studies. He is the founding editor, Online Journal of Space Communication , and serves as education VP on the board of the Society of Satellite Professionals International, the professional development association of the satellite and space industry. Prof. Flournoy holds an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University (1959), and graduate degrees from the University of London-UK (1961) and the University of Texas (1965). He was assistant dean, Case Institute of Technology, Cleveland (1965-1969); associate dean, State University of New York/Buffalo (1969-71); dean of the University College at Ohio University (1971-81).
Rolland LeBrasseur, PhD is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Director of the School of Commerce & Administration in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University. He has published extensively in academic journals on a range of management topics. Winner of several Canadian research awards in small business, he is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurshipand a judge for the selection of the top 7 for Intelligent Community Forum annual award. His current interests focus on the development taking place in small businesses, organizations, and communities.
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