Exploring VC research: A systematic literature review from 1985 to 2008

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Authors

External departments

  • Swansea University

Details

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Editors Association for Information Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherNY Curran Associates, Inc.
Number of pages1
Volume3
ISBN (Print)9781615675814
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 6 Aug 20099 Aug 2009

Publication series

Name15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
Volume3

Conference

Conference15th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2009, AMCIS 2009
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period6/08/099/08/09
Publication type

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abstract

Virtual community (hereinafter VC) research has rising fast in last two decades accompanying the diffusion of Internet applications. Although the diversity of its research topics, the many problems it addresses and its theoretical foundations, less is known about the state-of-the-art of the field. This study is the first attempt to synthesize VC studies in a systematic literature analysis and has given the current researcher a snapshot of VC studies through a series of literature analysis from mainly three perspectives: basic statistics profile analysis, research method analysis, and research topical. Twelve aspects of these three perspectives have been analyzed based on literature analysis of 206 papers from 139 journals extracted for ISI Web of Science® database. All the three aspects of analysis imply that VC study is still in the very early stage of development focusing on theories building, concept discussion, system development, but is growing very fast.