Second Life and Other Virtual Worlds: A Roadmap for Research (Follow-Up Article to the 2007 International Conference on Information Systems Panel)

Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 18, No. 28, 2008

6 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2008 Last revised: 14 Nov 2008

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Brian Mennecke

Iowa State University

David McNeill

IBM Corporation

Matthew Ganis

IBM Corporation; Pace University

Edward M. Roche

Columbia University

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Anthony M. Townsend

Iowa State University - College of Business

John Lester

ReactionGrid, Inc.; Linden Lab

Abstract

Virtual worlds like Second Life are becoming important tools for, among other activities, socialization, social networking, entertainment, collaboration, and business development. These environments offer information systems researchers a unique opportunity to study how these environments are built and managed by operators, how they are used and misused by users, and the impact that they have on users, communities, organizations, and societies at large. This paper summarizes the discussion of this topic that was presented at the ICIS 2007 panel entitled "Second Life and other Virtual Worlds: A Roadmap for Research." The paper provides an introduction to this topic and offers a roadmap for research on virtual worlds based on insights offered by several academics and practitioners who are actively involved in building, managing, and using virtual worlds.

Keywords: virtual worlds, synthetic worlds, multi-user virtual environments, online games, virtual reality, human computer interaction, Second Life, research frameworks

JEL Classification: D23, D70, D73, D83

Suggested Citation

Mennecke, Brian and McNeill, David and Ganis, Matthew and Roche, Edward M. and Bray, David A. and Konsynski, Benn and Townsend, Anthony M. and Lester, John, Second Life and Other Virtual Worlds: A Roadmap for Research (Follow-Up Article to the 2007 International Conference on Information Systems Panel). Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Vol. 18, No. 28, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1099992

Brian Mennecke (Contact Author)

Iowa State University ( email )

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David McNeill

IBM Corporation ( email )

IBM MACC Center
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Matthew Ganis

IBM Corporation ( email )

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Pace University ( email )

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Edward M. Roche

Columbia University ( email )

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David A. Bray

Harvard University ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02138
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University of Oxford

Oxford
United Kingdom

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National Defense University ( email )

Marshall Hall
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Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

Anthony M. Townsend

Iowa State University - College of Business ( email )

Ames, IA 50011-2063
United States

John Lester

ReactionGrid, Inc. ( email )

1401 Parkland
Ft. Pierce, FL 33492
United States

HOME PAGE: http://join.me/pathfinder

Linden Lab ( email )

945 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States

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