Montag, 6. Februar 2017
Montag, 21. November 2016
Mittwoch, 15. Oktober 2014
A strong sense of community (SOC) is considered to be desirable because it fosters pro-social behavior of community members and helps deal with external challenges/threats (cf. Sense of community in virtual communities). So every community manager should be highly interested in assessing the SOC of her/his community. But measuring the SOC and interpreting the result is by no means easy.
Dienstag, 19. August 2014
The empirical study of Koh & Kim (2003)  on the sense of community is interesting in three respects: Firstly, the authors offer an alternative conceptualization, secondly, they try to identify antecedents, and thirdly, this study reveals the importance of offline activities for the SOC in virtual communtities.
Dienstag, 22. Juli 2014
Two studies offer very interesting insights into the social networking behavior of players of fantasy massive multiplayer online role playing games (MMORPG or MMOG). In a longitudinal analysis Shen et al.  analyzed the driving factors of social relationships in EverQuest II and Ang et al.  had a closer look at the players in a guild in World of Warcraft. At second glance, many results can be generalized to communities of practice.
Freitag, 30. Mai 2014
Theoretically, the question whether political online participation differs from offline participation can be answered in two ways :
Dienstag, 6. Mai 2014
In three papers, Obst et al. [1, 2, 3] published the results of their investigation about the sense of community (SOC). They had asked 359 members of SF fandom attending Aussiecon 3, the 1999 World Science Fiction Convention about the way they feel about the fandom community (a - relational - community of interest with membership from all over the world) and about their neighbourhood (a geographical community). The main research interest was to find out whether McMillan and Chavis' four dimensions of SOC played a role in both community types (relational and geographic) and whether there is a separate fifth factor - conscious ingroup identification. Both assumptions were confirmed by the results.