February 21, 2014

CFP: Value Creation in Online Communities

Information Systems Research (one of the two top MIS journals) has issued a call for papers
Special Issue on Collaboration and Value Creation in Online Communities
Special Issue Editors: Samer Faraj, Georg von Krogh, Karim Lakhani, and Eric Monteiro
In the past two decades, a range of new information technologies, broadly characterized as Web 2.0, have fundamentally altered the nature of community building, collaboration, and organizing in economic and social life. Technology-enabled collectives in the form of online communities (OC) bring together large numbers of geographically dispersed individuals in support of an activity, interest, or identity. Starting with Armstrong and Hagel’s early work conceptualizing the value of online communities for firms, and concomitant with the explosion of OCs in number and membership, academic interest in these collectives has accelerated. Researchers have investigated a range of issues in the context of OCs, from organization and governance, to what motivates people to participate and contribute volitionally to relative strangers, to the economic and social value created by these collectives.

The goal of this special issue is to both take stock of and chart new directions for OC research in the information systems (IS) discipline. In particular, it seeks to encourage novel theorizing and research that enriches our understanding of the practices and dynamics at play in OCs. Many important questions related to OCs remain under-studied. …

Research that goes beyond the application of a few select social psychological theories and the routine application of network analysis tools to explain complex online actions and organizing is needed. Consistent with recent advances in the science of networks, new ways of representing action, actors, artifacts, and outcomes are called for. Above all, new theorizing that crosses levels of analysis, does not blackbox technology, and does not conflate OC activities with aspects such as the use of social media tools warrants attention. Central to new modes of theorizing is a stronger, perhaps constitutive, role of technology in the very phenomenon under study. By taking stock of drivers for action, the emergent practices, and the evolving form of OC organizing, the IS field has the potential to advance new views on change and adaptation of organizations, thereby claiming a central position in the discourse on the new realities.

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:

Varieties of multilevel theorizing cutting across individual and aggregate levels
  • Sociomaterial accounts of OCs
  • The technology infrastructures undergirding OCs
  • Roles, governance structure, authority relations, and community boundaries
  • Lessons for organizational collaboration from OCs
  • Psychological tensions between the demands by formal organization and the role expectations expressed by the community
  • Implications for our understanding of how groups share knowledge
  • Characteristics of value-creation processes in OCs
  • Managing the process of innovation with OC boundary fluidity
  • Firm and OCs interaction in innovation and collaboration
  • Social identity building from interactions between organizations and OCs
  • Community-based modes of governance and organizing


  • May 30, 2014: Researchers interested in submitting papers are invited to submit their paper ideas to the Guest Editors for early reactions.
  • November 1, November 15, 2014: Submissions due
  • February 2015: First round of editorial decisions (reviews, desk rejections)
  • May 2015: Special issue workshop
  • August 30, 2015: Resubmissions due
  • November 2015 :Second round of editorial decisions (rejections, second review)
  • January 4, 2016: Final resubmissions due
  • January 30, 2016: Final editorial decision
  • 2016: Publication
See the complete CFP for full details

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