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This paper extends theories of public goods to interactive communication systems. Two key public communication goods are identified. Connectivity provides point-to-point communication, and communality links members through commonly held information, such as that often found in databases. These extensions are important, we argue, because communication public(More)
This research extended earlier public goods research on individual incentives to use an organizational information commons that was based in Marwell and Oliver's (1993) collective action model. A revised theoretical model that incorporated team-level social infl uence and technology-specifi c competence was proposed. The model was tested using online survey(More)
We propose an improved theoretical approach to the rich variety of collective action now present in public life. Toward this end, we advance a conception of collective action as communicative in nature, and offer a two-dimensional model of collective action space, comprising dimensions for (a) the mode of interpersonal interaction and (b) the mode of(More)
Technology research has long faced difficulties in consistently defining technology, establishing cause-effect relations, and generating research results that generalize across technologies, users, contexts, and time (Barley, 1998). In this essay we (1) identify three of the many contributors to these difficulties, (2) mention some ambitious responses that(More)
Clinicians interested in taking a proactive approach to healthy cancer survivorship might consider the use of a social networking and videosharing platform tailored specifically for young adult cancer survivors. This study examines six key factors that may influence a childhood cancer survivor's participation in a social networking and videosharing(More)