International Journal of Web Based Communities (12 papers in press)
The use of Facebook pages as voluntary disclosure media: an analysis of intellectual capital disclosures in ASX 200 companies
by Yunita Anwar, Martin Surya Mulyadi
Abstract: Researchers in the past have used annual reports to analyse intellectual capital (IC) disclosures. In response to the recent concern on the timeliness issue of annual reports, this research provides empirical evidence on IC disclosures among top Australian companies, using their Facebook pages. This research is important in that it addresses IC disclosures from the social media perspective. This research documents that Facebook has been used by ASX 200 high IC companies to disclose their IC information. Similar to previous research on IC disclosures research in annual reports, this research reveals that external capital is the most disclosed category on companies
Keywords: social media disclosures; Facebook non-marketing disclosures; Facebook; intellectual capital; intellectual capital disclosures; voluntary disclosures.
BROADCASTING UPON A SHOOTING STAR: Investigating the success of Afreeca TV
by Soo-Kwang Oh, Hyun-Ju Choi
Abstract: This study examined the increasingly popular social media platform and online personal broadcasting service, Afreeca TV. The website features a live stream self-broadcasting model accompanied by a live chat window. This study employed a qualitative content analysis of most popular shows on Afreeca TV to identify elements that make its model successful. We discuss following key elements that help understand Afreeca TV
Keywords: Web-based community; social media; Afreeca TV; personal broadcasting; live-stream broadcasting; audiences; digital culture.
Developing a research framework for virtual community systems
by Majharul Talukder, Ali Quazi
Abstract: This paper proposes a conceptual framework integrating the drivers and outcomes of usage of virtual community (VC) systems. A through literature review is undertaken emphasizing the literature underlying philosophical and theoretical foundations of VC and its usage. Search for empirical evidence on VC adoption is also carried out; in particular, literature relating to drivers of VC, the level of satisfaction of VC members, their belonging and inclination to use VC systems are explored. The possible variables that may moderate the relationship between the drivers of VC usage and users satisfaction are also proposed. The possible moderating variables include the gender, age and level of education of users of the virtual community. A sketch of the conceptual model is provided along with the methods to operationalize the constructs within the model in future research. The possible links between variables are also depicted towards facilitating empirical testing of the model.
Keywords: System quality; information quality; common values; mutual benefits; social network; peer interaction; virtual community.
Identification of Differences in University E-environment between Selected EU and Non-EU Countries Using Knowledge Mining Methods: Project IRNet Case Study
by Martin Drlík, Peter Švec, Jozef Kapusta, Michal Munk, Tatiana Noskova, Tatiana Pavlova, Olga Yakovleva, Nataliia Morze, Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska
Abstract: We propose indicators for evaluation of e-environment and evaluation of ICT competences. We analyse data gathered from the research, which was conducted in several European and Non-European universities joined in the 7RP project IRNet. One part of the survey was focused on identifying the ways students
Keywords: knowledge mining;university e-environment;IRNet project;decision trees;questionnaire analysis;e-learning;data mining.
The Pokemonisation of the first moment of truth
by Zahy B. Ramadan, Maya F. Farah
Abstract: The gamification of retail, helped essentially by the development of augmented reality, is hailed today as being the reverser of declining retail sales trends. With the rapid expansion and adoption of the Pok
Keywords: Pokemon Go; augmented reality; shopper marketing; consumer engagement; retailing .
A network analysis of financial conversations on Twitter
by Nathalie De Marcellis-Warin, William Sanger, Thierry Warin
Abstract: Assessing influence on social media is at the heart of a new trend in humanities and social sciences. Our paper is about assessing users' influence on social networks. We compare four different methods regarding tweets about financial conversations. We have built two datasets with respectively 489,000 and 280,000 financial tweets. While getting additional followers may provide insight of an increasing popularity, it does not necessarily translate into a more influential position. Our results suggest that the number of followers is only one element of what is considered to be influential. Indeed, the number of messages can be biased by what can be described as
Keywords: Twitter; network analysis; retweet networks; data mining; financial conversations; influence.
Do corporate webs substitute annual reports for corporate governance disclosures in large Indonesian family corporations?
by Martin Surya Mulyadi
Abstract: Indonesian corporations were criticized for their poor corporate governance and disclosure practices during the 1990s financial crisis. Even though corporate governance practices have been improved, this research reveals that disclosure practices are still poor in Indonesia, particularly those practiced by family corporations. Using 21 disclosure items from United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Keywords: corporate governance; corporate governance disclosures; family corporations; type II agency problems.
How Does Social Media Affect the Behaviours of Managers and Employees in Non-Democratic Countries?
by Ali Fathi-Makvand, Vicenc Fernandez
Abstract: The majority of social media studies have focused their attention on national and international companies in developed countries where democracy is part of the national culture of their citizens. The purpose of this research is to understand how social media usage effects organizational behaviour and culture in non-democratic countries. From a qualitative framework based on the current literature and Hofstede cultural analysis, we developed semi-structured interviews with one CEO and five middle managers from an international company in Iran in order to suggest several ways on how the use of social media within this type of company affects organizational behaviour. The results indicate that organizational culture is influenced by culture in non-democratic countries. The use of social media also has a positive impact on transformational leadership, collaboration, knowledge sharing and team-work but negatively on transparency which increases organizational stress.
Keywords: Social Media; NonDemocratic Countries,Organizational Behaviour; Culture.
Examining the effects of online social relations on product ratings and adoption: Evidence from an online social networking and rating site
by Xiaoyun He, Amir Karami, Chaoqun Deng
Abstract: Social relationships have long been recognized for their role in shaping consumers
Keywords: Online social relations; online social influence; product adoption; product ratings; online community.
The advent of the social moment of truth in online
by Zahy B. Ramadan, Maya F. Farah
Abstract: Social networking sites
Keywords: online community; retailer relationship; brand relationship; consumer engagement.
The antecedents of intention to use Facebook: The case of female foreign spouses community in Taiwan
by Cedric Hsi-Jui Wu, Thanh-Binh Phung
Abstract: Despite the recent massive uptick in the number of Facebook users, our review of the related literature reveals that little research has investigated the factors affecting female foreign spouses? (FFSs) adoption and use of Facebook. Extending the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), this present paper provides a synthetical framework through the inclusion of psychological components, compatriots? influence, and the usefulness of social network sites as constructs to explain the adoption intention of FFSs in relation to Facebook in Taiwan. The results show that loneliness and depression have a significant effect on perceived social interaction and perceived social support through Facebook. Further, the results show that compatriots have a significant effect on the subjective norm in regard to using Facebook. The findings provide a more comprehensive picture of how Facebook use may bolster the mental health of FFSs with significant added-values.
Keywords: Female foreign spouses; Facebook; Antecedents; Intention to use; Taiwan.
Special Issue on: Lurking around the Corners of the Social Media Bastions
Security Information Sharing via Twitter: "Heartbleed" as a Case Study
by Debora Jeske
Abstract: The current paper outlines an exploratory case study in which we examined the extent to which specific communities of Twitter users engaged with the debate about the security threat known as Heartbleed in the first few days after this threat was exposed. The case study explored which professional groups appeared to lead the debate about Heartbleed, the nature of the communication (tweets and retweets), and evidence about behaviour change. Using keywords from the Twitter user profiles, six occupational groups were identified, each of which were likely to have a direct interest in learning about Heartbleed (including legal, financial, entrepreneurial, press, and IT professionals). The groups participated to different degrees in the debate about Heartbleed. This exploratory case study provides an insight into information sharing, potential communities of influence, and points for future research in the absence of a voice of authority in the field of cybersecurity.
Keywords: Heartbleed; Twitter; social influence; behavioural change; case study.