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Network positions and contributions to online public goods: The case of Chinese wikipedia
Abstract We study the effect of collaboration netwoWe study the effect of collaboration network structure on the contribution behavior of participating editors in Wikipedia. Collaboration in Wikipedia is organized around articles, and any two editors co-editing an article have a collaborative relationship. Based on the economic theories about network games and social role theory, we propose that an editor's position in the collaboration network influences the editor's decisions about her total contribution as well as the allocation of her efforts. By leveraging panel data collected from the Chinese language version of Wikipedia and a natural experiment resulting from blocking it in mainland China, we find strong support for the proposed effect of network position on contribution behavior. Our analysis further reveals that different aspects of an individual's network position have distinct implications. This research enhances our understanding about how collaboration network structure shapes individual behavior in online mass collaboration platforms. © 2012 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved.012 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved.
Abstractsub We study the effect of collaboration netwoWe study the effect of collaboration network structure on the contribution behavior of participating editors in Wikipedia. Collaboration in Wikipedia is organized around articles, and any two editors co-editing an article have a collaborative relationship. Based on the economic theories about network games and social role theory, we propose that an editor's position in the collaboration network influences the editor's decisions about her total contribution as well as the allocation of her efforts. By leveraging panel data collected from the Chinese language version of Wikipedia and a natural experiment resulting from blocking it in mainland China, we find strong support for the proposed effect of network position on contribution behavior. Our analysis further reveals that different aspects of an individual's network position have distinct implications. This research enhances our understanding about how collaboration network structure shapes individual behavior in online mass collaboration platforms. © 2012 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved.012 M.E. Sharpe, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bibtextype article  +
Doi 10.2753/MIS0742-1222290202  +
Has author Zhang X.M. + , Chao Wang +
Has extra keyword Effort allocation + , Mass collaboration + , Natural experiment + , Public goods + , Wikipedia + , Computer-Supported Cooperative Work + , Experiments + , Social networking (online) +
Has keyword Effort allocation + , Mass collaboration + , Natural experiment + , Network centrality + , Online public goods + , Wikipedia +
Issn 7421222  +
Issue 2  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 0  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages 11–40  +
Published in Journal of Management Information Systems +
Title Network positions and contributions to online public goods: The case of Chinese wikipedia +
Type journal article  +
Volume 29  +
Year 2012 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 01:25:39  +
Categories Publications without license parameter  + , Publications without remote mirror parameter  + , Publications without archive mirror parameter  + , Publications without paywall mirror parameter  + , Journal articles  + , Publications without references parameter  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 8 November 2014 01:25:39  +
DateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 2012  +
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