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Theory Building Beyond Communities: Population-Level Research

Mon, May 28, 9:30 to 10:45, Hilton Prague, Floor: M, Palmovka


While the large majority of published research on online communities are analyses conducted entirely within individual communities, Dr. Shaw will argue for the value of a population-based approach in which researchers study groups of similar communities. Population-level research increases the generalizability of findings and usefully extends theory building to processes and dynamics that are only possible to study using populations: community-level variables, information diffusion processes across communities, ecological dynamics, and multi-level community processes.