Environmental jolts: Impact of exogenous factors on online community participation

Aditya Johri, Oded Nov, Raktim Mitra

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    Abstract

    Few studies of online communities take exogenous factors into account while explaining community participation. We present preliminary results from a study investigating the impact of steward companies' actions on online community participation. We identified two events: (1) open sourcing of Java by Sun and (2) acquisition of Sun (and consequently of Java) by Oracle, and examined participation in their developer online communities. We found significant change in participation levels around each event with both significant increases and decreases. We conjecture that participation increased if the action was perceived as supportive by developers (e.g. Sun's open sourcing of Java) whereas it decreased if the action was perceived as detrimental by developers (e.g. Oracle's acquisition of Sun).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the ACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
    Pages649-652
    Number of pages4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2011
    EventACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011 - Hangzhou, China
    Duration: Mar 19 2011Mar 23 2011

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW

    Other

    OtherACM 2011 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW 2011
    CountryChina
    CityHangzhou
    Period3/19/113/23/11

    Keywords

    • Design
    • Environmental jolts
    • Online communities
    • Open source
    • Participation

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Networks and Communications

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