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International Journal of Web Based Communities (6 papers in press)


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  • A network analysis of financial conversations on Twitter   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004118
  • Do corporate webs substitute annual reports for corporate governance disclosures in large Indonesian family corporations?   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004119
  • How Does Social Media Affect the Behaviours of Managers and Employees in Non-Democratic Countries?   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004120
  • Examining the effects of online social relations on product ratings and adoption: Evidence from an online social networking and rating site   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004121
  • The advent of the social moment of truth in online communities   Order a copy of this article
    by Zahy B. Ramadan, Maya F. Farah 
    Abstract: Social networking sites
    Keywords: online community; retailer relationship; brand relationship; consumer engagement.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004122
  • The antecedents of intention to use Facebook: The case of female foreign spouses community in Taiwan   Order a copy of this article
    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.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJWBC.2017.10004128