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- Exploring the role of social community within an e-marketplace
- Stockdale, Rosemary
- Marketplaces have provided a meeting place for communities to socialise, exchange information and transact business for many centuries. It is perhaps a natural progression that the inclusion of social network facilities should be an intrinsic part of e-marketplace development. This exploratory study examines the concept of designing social features into an e-marketplace by considering the needs of online community members. Using TradeMe, a New Zealand horizontal intermediary e-marketplace, as an illustrative case study it was found that the use of an online community to encourage information flow, reciprocity and trust has resulted in a vibrant, successful business model. Further research is required to investigate the viability of the community model beyond the case illustrated. Published version of the paper reproduced in accordance with this policy.
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- Swinburne University of Technology. Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies
- Proceedings of 'Evolving boundaries and new frontiers: defining the IS discipline', the 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS 2009), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 02-04 December 2009, pp. 765-774
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- Australasian Association for Information Systems
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