The Interplay Between Human Users and IS-Enabled Environments (Cooperation, Power, Influence, and Authority Struggles in Virtual Worlds)

23 Pages Posted: 7 May 2007 Last revised: 30 Jul 2014

See all articles by Benn Konsynski

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

David A. Bray

Harvard University; University of Oxford; National Defense University

Anandhi Bharadwaj

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

More than 15 million people now inhabit virtual worlds. We posit that virtual worlds represent an interesting intersection of three parties wrestling for power, influence, and authority in these relatively new spaces. Specifically: (1) corporations, representing economic and business interests; (2) governments, representing political and legal interests; (3) vox populi, representing a heterogeneous third party, distinct in its dissociation from either corporate or government interests, and instead attempting to speak on behalf of digital citizens in virtual worlds.

We also suggest a way that an experiment could be done in a virtual world, borrowing from studies of experimental economics - specifically the "bargaining" or ultimatum game.

Keywords: emerging virtual institutions, virtual worlds, augmented reality, augmented group cognition, governance, social orders

JEL Classification: D23, D70, D73, D83

Suggested Citation

Konsynski, Benn and Bray, David A. and Bharadwaj, Anandhi, The Interplay Between Human Users and IS-Enabled Environments (Cooperation, Power, Influence, and Authority Struggles in Virtual Worlds) (April 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984604 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.984604

Benn Konsynski

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

David A. Bray (Contact Author)

Harvard University ( email )

1875 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

University of Oxford

Oxford
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dbray

National Defense University ( email )

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300 5th Avenue
Washington, DC 20319-5066
United States

Anandhi Bharadwaj

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322-2722
United States

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