Here Be (No More) Dragons: Pushing the Frontier of Research on Virtual Organizations and Teams

10 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2011

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Jakob J. Assmann

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Marcus Drescher

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Julia Valerie Gallenkamp

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management)

Arnold Oskar Picot

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management)

Isabell M. Welpe

Technische Universität München (TUM) - School of Management

Date Written: January 10, 2011

Abstract

Massively Multiplayer Online Games (MMOG) offer new promising opportunities to research virtual organizations and teams. The characteristics of MMOGs allow researchers to obtain objective data from a large and multi-national population. Lasting over months or even years, MMOGs facilitate longitudinal studies and ensure a high involvement of participants. Moreover, collecting data from online surveys and game servers keeps the costs of MMOG studies low.

In this paper, we show with two exemplary studies how research in MMOGs can utilize these opportunities to overcome some limitations of traditional research environments. Moreover, we discuss the role of MMOGs as the avant-garde of information and communication technology (ICT) usage and therefore argue that research in MMOGs can provide a glimpse into the future application of ICT in real life organizations.

Suggested Citation

Assmann, Jakob J. and Drescher, Marcus and Gallenkamp, Julia Valerie and Picot, Arnold Oskar and Welpe, Isabell M., Here Be (No More) Dragons: Pushing the Frontier of Research on Virtual Organizations and Teams (January 10, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1737766

Jakob J. Assmann

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Marcus Drescher

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Julia Valerie Gallenkamp (Contact Author)

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management) ( email )

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Arnold Oskar Picot

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich - Faculty of Business Administration (Munich School of Management) ( email )

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Isabell M. Welpe

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