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Social Networks and Professional Communities: A Fair Governance?

  • Christophe AssensEmail author
  • Jean-Pierre Bouchez
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Abstract

In this chapter we study the issue of governance in social networks and communities of practice by examining three typical instances: the self-governed network, the lead organization-governed network, and the network administrative organization. Through this classification, we consider whether governance is actually based on ethical and democratic decision-making by social network and/or professional community members. We will show that in all the above cases, the assumption that governance that is based on altruism in partnerships, equal decision-making power, and equity in the sharing of relational benefits is distorted.

Keywords

Social network Professional community Governance Self-organization Accountability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VersaillesVersaillesFrance
  2. 2.Planet S@voirsVersaillesFrance

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