ISR Special Issue on Online Communities

Samer Faraj, Georg von Krogh, Karim Lakhani, and Eric Monteiro are editing a special issue of ISR on online communities. Here’s the call for papers. Deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

This special issue seeks papers that help the field to understand community dynamics, collaborative practices, and value-creation processes in OCs in order to both improve and move beyond traditional views of the online phenomena. All theoretical and methodological perspectives are welcomed, and novel and original perspectives are especially sought. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Varieties of multilevel theorizing cutting across individual and aggregate levels
  • Sociomaterial accounts of OCs
  • The technology infrastructures undergirding OCs
  • Roles, governance structure, authority relations, and community boundaries
  • Lessons for organizational collaboration from OCs
  • Psychological tensions between the demands by formal organization and the role expectations expressed by the community
  • Implications for our understanding of how groups share knowledge
  • Characteristics of value-creation processes in OCs
  • Managing the process of innovation with OC boundary fluidity
  • Firm and OCs interaction in innovation and collaboration
  • Social identity building from interactions between organizations and OCs
  • Community-based modes of governance and organizing

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David Wagner

Post Doc/Assistant Professor, Digital Strategy & Innovation, German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS)

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