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Imperial College Business School
Imperial College London

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Information Systems Research Special Issue CFP
Written by OCIS Chief Information Officer   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Special Issue on Collaboration and Value Creation in Online Communities

Special Issue Editors: Samer Faraj, Georg von Krogh, Karim Lakhani, and Eric Monteiro

In the past two decades, a range of new information technologies, broadly characterized as Web 2.0, have fundamentally altered the nature of community building, collaboration, and organizing in economic and social life. Technology-enabled collectives in the form of online communities (OC) bring together large numbers of geographically dispersed individuals in support of an activity, interest, or identity. Starting with Armstrong and Hagel’s early work conceptualizing the value of online communities for firms, and concomitant with the explosion of OCs in number and membership, academic interest in these collectives has accelerated. Researchers have investigated a range of issues in the context of OCs, from organization and governance, to what motivates people to participate and contribute volitionally to relative strangers, to the economic and social value created by these collectives.

The goal of this special issue is to both take stock of and chart new directions for OC research in the information systems (IS) discipline. In particular, it seeks to encourage novel theorizing and research that enriches our understanding of the practices and dynamics at play in OCs. Many important questions related to OCs remain under-studied. For instance, although research has focused on why people participate in online communities at the individual level of analysis, less is known about the activities of members, the inner workings of communities, and the processes and technologies that support them. To illustrate, many OCs are sustained by the work of a small group of dedicated, core contributors who create content and protect the boundary of the community, with a much larger group of individuals lurking or sporadically contributing information. Recent lines of inquiry have emphasized the social capital and social practice aspect of community engagement. Furthermore, although research on OCs has become increasingly reliant on large data sets and analysis of information and other resource flows, often such research subscribes to a structural perspective where actors and actions are represented by network position, frequencies of ties, or inference from linked others. A macro structural perspective may inhibit a deeper understanding of the full dynamics of OC with its multiple layers of actors and activities.

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OCIS 2014 Elections
Written by OCIS Chief Information Officer   
Thursday, 24 April 2014
The 2014 Division and Interest Group election website is open and ready for your participation.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to take a moment of your time to vote. Your participation is important in determining the future leaders of our division.
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2014 OCIS Doctoral Consortium Call for Applications
Written by OCIS Chief Information Officer   
Monday, 24 March 2014
The OCIS division of the Academy of Management is pleased to announce the 2014 Doctoral Consortium, to be held in Philadelphia PA on August 1, 2014. The consortium will provide an opportunity for doctoral students to network, receive feedback on their research and discuss career issues. All interested PhD students working on research in the areas of Organizational Communications, Information Science or Information Systems are invited to apply.
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