Sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar: Unfolding the transcendence of boundaries across the digital and physical

Spyros Angelopoulos, Yasmin Merali

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In this paper, we undertake a data-driven exploration of an online community of cigar smokers that we created for the needs of the study, to better understand the practices that combine symbolic and material artifacts to generate collective social value. We employ content analysis and longitudinal social network analysis to afford a nuanced exposition of the structures, dynamics and practices over time. We identify five distinctive types of activities entailing interactions that combine symbolic and material artifacts, generating collective social value. We demonstrate how complex, multi-faceted socio-economic spaces bridge the divide between virtual and embodied space, informational and material objects, and social and economic transactions. Our findings expand the knowledge of online community dynamics, collaborative practices, and value-creation processes. We draw a research agenda for the practices and dynamics at play among users of online communities transcending the boundary between offline and online, generating novel insights to understand digitally-enabled practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 38th International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017)
Place of PublicationSeoul
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201713 Dec 2017


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleICIS
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
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