AoM 2015: Session on Online Communities

At this year’s Academy of Management Conference, which will take place in Vancouver, BC, in August, my colleague Christine Moser (VU Amsterdam) and I are going to organize a panel symposium entitled ‘Online Communities Research: Quo Vadis? Perspectives on Knowledge Work, Collaboration, & Innovation’. We are proud to have have Linus Dahlander (ESMT), Samer Faraj (McGill), Ann Majchrzak (USC), and Yuqing Ren (University of Minnesota) as panelists. The symposium is sponsored by the Organizational Communication and Information Systems Division, Business Policy and Strategy Division, and the Technology and Innovation Management Division. Our session is scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2015, from 3:00-4:30pm at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Room 224. If you are a management scholar interested in online communities, we hope to meet you there. You can find the abstract below. Continue reading AoM 2015: Session on Online Communities

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:
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@cshirky on Institutions vs. Collaboration

This is a very enjoyable Ted talk by Clay Shirky which he delivered in 2005 (!). He speaks about how collaborative tools are changing the way human affairs are conducted. His main argument is that new technologies drive down coordination costs and replace institutional planning with looser types of coordination. He uses examples of Flickr, Meetup and online support groups. His talk also helps to understand the rationale behind the open-source movement. The way Clay talks about ‘tagging’ and content being produced or categorized by end-users immediately made me think of the mechanisms of emergence which I came across in Andrew McAfee‘s works before.