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

Hercheui, M.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.

TitleA literature review of virtual communities: the relevance of understanding the influence of institutions on online collectives
AuthorsHercheui, M.D.
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.

JournalInformation, Communication and Society
Journal citation14 (1), pp. 1-23
ISSN1369-118X
YearFeb 2011
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/13691181003663593
Publication dates
PublishedFeb 2011

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