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Cooperation in Virtual Worlds

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  • Marina Fiedler
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    This article reports the results of a controlled lab experiment that studies the effects of strategically irrelevant “cheap talk” via 3D world audio communication and 2D text messaging. I also analyze the effects of technical information richness, experience with a communication medium, social distance and collective orientation on cooperation. The findings indicate that persons in a situational setting that allows them to hope that the partner will respond in a cooperative manner show a higher degree of cooperation when engaging in cheap-talk computer-mediated-communication. The results show also that low social distance, collective orientation and experience with a medium is favorable for demonstrating trust, trustworthiness and cooperation.

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    Article provided by LMU Munich School of Management in its journal Schmalenbach Business Review.

    Volume (Year): 61 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 2 (April)
    Pages: 173-194

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    Handle: RePEc:sbr:abstra:v:61:y:2009:i:2:p:173-194

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    Keywords: 3D Virtual Worlds; Avatars; Cheap talk; CMC; Communication; Cooperation; Instant Messaging; Trust; Trustworthiness;

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