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“Newcomer Participation in Online Communities” special issue of Computers in Human Behavior

Johri, Aditya and Singh, Vandana and Farzan, Rosta and Nov, Oded (2013) “Newcomer Participation in Online Communities” special issue of Computers in Human Behavior. UNSPECIFIED. (In Press)

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Abstract

Online communities have become one of the most common forms of organizations on the Internet. They are integral to the functioning of resources such as Wikipedia and form the backbone of many software development efforts, particularly Open Source Software. Going back at least a decade, researchers have examined various issues related to online communities. They have examined different forms of participation and highlighted the problems encountered in maintaining and growing these communities. One important finding from this literature is that it is critical to nurture and support newcomers for communities to thrive. Newcomers are essential for any organization and their successful participation determines their performance, turnover, motivation, and overall productivity and innovation in an organization. Empirical literature on how newcomers become part of an organization focuses primarily on socialization and assimilation. Studies have examined how newcomers proactively seek information, how information acquisition leads to formation of social relationships and assimilation in the work environment, and how newcomers move from peripheral to full participation within a community of practice. Despite the recognition of the importance of newcomers, few studies have looked at how newcomers actually participate in online communities and what role, if any, technology plays in this process. In this special issue we plan to further explore the role of newcomers in online communities.


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Item Type: Other
Status: In Press
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Johri, Aditya
Singh, Vandana
Farzan, Rostarfarzan@pitt.eduRFARZAN
Nov, Oded
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
EditorJohri, AdityaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorSingh, VandanaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
EditorFarzan, Rostarfarzan@pitt.eduRFARZANUNSPECIFIED
EditorNov, OdedUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: No
Editors:
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Johri, AdityaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Singh, VandanaUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Farzan, Rostarfarzan@pitt.eduRFARZANUNSPECIFIED
Nov, OdedUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 20:56
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2017 13:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19139

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