These questions are central to Montreal researcher Emmanuelle Vaast's newest study of social media, published in MIS Quarterly. Dr. Vaast, a professor of information systems at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of Management, has a long history of studying social media use. She recently worked with a research team to explore social media use on Twitter following BP's environmentally disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Using the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a case study, they analyzed the surge of Tweets that followed to illustrate how social media can effectively rally individuals around a shared cause.
Social media has become a part of everyday life. We enjoy the contact Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc., provide with friends and family, and, indeed, the world.
Sometimes we gripe about the downsides of the technology. People say it’s a time suck. There’s fake news. It’s hard to trust what you see.
Professor Emmanuelle Vaast's paper published in Information Systems Research, "Folding and Unfolding: Balancing Openness and Transparency in Open Source Communities," with Maha Shaikh has been awarded the runner-up for the best paper award for papers published in 2016 at ISR.
Publication: MIS Quarterly, Vol. 41, No. 4, 2017, pp. 1179-1205
This research questions how social media use affords new forms of organizing and collective engagement. The concept of connective action has been introduced to characterize such new forms of collective engagement in which actors coproduce and circulate content based upon an issue of mutual interest. Yet, how the use of social media actually affords connective action still needed to be investigated.
Mixed methods analyses of microblogging use during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill bring insights to this question and reveal, in particular, how multiple actors enacted emerging and interdependent roles with their distinct patterns of feature use. The findings allow us to elaborate upon the concept of connective affordances as collective level affordances actualized by actors in team interdependent roles. Connective affordances extend research on affordances as a relational concept by considering not only the relationships between technology and users but also the interdependence type among users and the effects of this interdependence onto what users can do with the technology. This study contributes to research on social media use by paying close attention to how distinct patterns of feature use enact emerging roles.
Adding to IS scholarship on the collective use of technology, it considers how the patterns of feature use for emerging groups of actors are intricately and mutually related to each other.
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Authors: Vaujany, F.X., Vaast, E.
Authors: Leonardi, P., Vaast, E.
Publication: Academy of Management Annals
Authors: Vaast, E., Shaikh, M.
Publication: Information Systems Research
Congratulations to Associate Professor Emmanuelle Vaast of Information Systems on receiving the 2016 Best Paper Award by Information & Organization for "Speaking as One, But Not Speaking up: Dealing with New Moral Taint in an Occupational Online Community".
Authors: Vaast, E., Levina, N.
Publication: Information and Organization
Authors: Whelan, E., Teigland, R., Vaast, E., Butler, B.
Publication: Information and Organization
Congratulations to Professor Emmanuelle Vaast on her recent appointement as Senior Editor for Information Systems Research (ISR) Journal for a three year term starting January 1, 2016.
The Desautels Faculty of Management congratulates the Marcel Desautels Institute for Integrated Management (MDIIM) and Desautels faculty members who were recently named recipients of the 2014 Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Integration of Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula, for conceiving and implementing the new Managing for Sustainability Major and Concentration (MSUS) programs for Bachelor of Commerce students at McGill University.
Authors: Emmanuelle Vaast and Natalia Levina
Publication: Information and Organization, Volume 25, Issue 2, April 01, 2015
Authors: de Vaujany, François-Xavier; Vaast, Emmanuelle
Publication: Organization Science, May-June 2014
Authors: Vaast, Emmanuelle; Davidson, Elizabeth J.; Mattson, Thomas
Publication: MIS Quarterly, 2013