A literature review of virtual communities: the relevance of understanding the influence of institutions on online collectives

Hercheui, Magda D. (2011) A literature review of virtual communities: the relevance of understanding the influence of institutions on online collectives. Information, Communication and Society, 14 (1). pp. 1-23. ISSN 1369-118X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691181003663593

Abstract

Reviewing the literature on the domain of virtual communities, this research finds that there is still an important gap in the scholarly understanding of how institutions influence online spaces of interaction. The theme of institutions has been marginal to most of the academic research in the domain of virtual communities, with few exceptions. This paper proposes that an institutional perspective would permit a better understanding on the whys of online behaviours and explores the potential contributions of such an approach.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2010 10:41
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2011 14:24
URI: http://westminsterresearch.wmin.ac.uk/id/eprint/8113

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