Social Network Structure as a Critical Success Condition for Virtual Communities

  title={Social Network Structure as a Critical Success Condition for Virtual Communities},
  author={David Hinds and Ronald M. Lee},
  journal={Proceedings of the 41st Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2008)},
Virtual communities have become an important new organizational form and yet relatively little is known about the conditions which lead to their success. In an attempt to address this knowledge gap, a particular subset of virtual communities - open source software project communities - is investigated and four hypotheses are asserted which relate social network structure to community success. The hypotheses, which are based on social network theory and related research, suggest that success is… CONTINUE READING
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