A life-cycle perspective on online community success

Alicia Iriberri, Gondy Leroy

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Using the information systems lifecycle as a unifying framework, we review online communities research and propose a sequence for incorporating success conditions during initiation and development to increase their chances of becoming a successful community, one in which members participate actively and develop lasting relationships. Online communities evolve following distinctive lifecycle stages and recommendations for success are more or less relevant depending on the developmental stage of the online community. In addition, the goal of the online community under study determines the components to include in the development of a successful online community. Online community builders and researchers will benefit from this review of the conditions that help online communities succeed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
JournalACM Computing Surveys
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009


  • Lifecycle
  • Literature review
  • Online communities
  • Success factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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