Unwired collective action: Motivations of wireless community participants

Maria Bina, George M. Giaglis

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Abstract

A new organizational form which creates an innovative method for the deployment of a wireless communications infrastructure and promotes end-user collaboration has emerged in metropolitan areas all over the world: community-based WLANs. Insofar, research has focused on comparing the community model with commercial offerings of WLAN access and on placing wireless communities within a policy agenda. This paper attempts to explore the capabilities of community-based WLANs through a combination of theoretical reasoning and empirical evidence. It applies collective action and social dilemmas theories to attest that motivation plays a critical role in the formation and sustained existence of wireless communities. Using evidence from a large-scale survey, it characterizes wireless community participants based on their motivational inclinations. Furthermore, the paper develops a taxonomy of community participants to be used for explaining how individuals solve the social dilemmas associated with their participation in a community-based WLAN.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2006
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
EventInternational Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2006 - Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 26 Jun 200627 Jun 2006

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OtherInternational Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2006
CountryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period26/06/0627/06/06

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    Bina, M., & Giaglis, G. M. (2006). Unwired collective action: Motivations of wireless community participants. In International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2006 [1690453] https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMB.2006.48