The Role of an Online Community in Relation to Other Communication Channels in a Business Development Case
44 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2009 Last revised: 27 Apr 2009
Date Written: April 9, 2009
We investigated how sales representatives (Salespeople) and members of a service business development department (the Service Dept.) communicated within an informal online community, particularly in relation to their use of other informal and formal communication channels. We found that while the Service Dept. developed formal communication channels in order to fulfill the information needs of Sales, some types of information were apparently more effectively provided by the online community. The result suggests that an online community may play an important role both in making visible information needs, and in providing information that can't be better provided by the formal organization.
Keywords: online communities, sales
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