Wi - com - Understanding motivations of wireless communities participants
The recent emergence of wireless communities is one of the most interesting phenomena in the telecommunication industry. The key research issue for appraising the possible development and sustained existence of wireless communities is to understand what motivates members to join and actively participate (contributing their own resources) to these communities. Yet, because wireless communities are a recent phenomenon, existing research about this topic has several limitations that this project intends to address. This project intends to: 1) develop a theoretical model drawing on existing motivation theories, studies of other online communities types and a first round of qualitative interviews with some members in order to consider specific motivations for participating in such communities; 2) collect further empirical evidence using a large-scale survey of active members of a large hybrid wireless community like FON and analyze it using quantitative models; and 3) look at how motivations evolve over time using a successive round of interviews with the same members interviewed before (thus approaching the problem with a longitudinal perspective).
- Camponovo G., Picco Schwendener A., Cantoni L. (2014) Motivations and Barriers for Participation in a Hybrid Wireless Community: The Case of FON, International Journal of Technology Diffusion (IJTD), 5 (3):22-38
- Camponovo G., Picco Schwendener A., Cantoni L. (2013) Motivations and Barriers of Participation in Community Wireless Networks: The Case of Fon.. Social and Economic Effects of Community Wireless Networks and Infrastructures. Abdelnasser Abdelaal, 112-134
- Camponovo G., Picco Schwendener A., Cantoni L. (2013) Multidimensional Participation in Hybrid Wireless Communities. 2013 International Conference on Mobile Business
- Camponovo G., Picco Schwendener A. (2011) Motivations of hybrid wireless community participants: A qualitative analysis of Swiss FON members. IEEE. 10th International Conference on Mobile Business. Como, Italy. 20-21 June 2011
- Camponovo G., Picco Schwendener A. (2010) A model for investigating motivations of hybrid wireless community participants. IEEE. 2010 Ninth International Conference on Mobile Business and 2010 Ninth Global Mobility Roundtable (ICMB-GMR). Athens, Greece. 13-15 June 2010