Community Management - The Role Community Managers Play in the Video Game Industry in Sweden
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
The video game industry has developed into a multibillion dollar industry. As the rise of social media and other online networks has enabled consumers to more easily express their opinions and critique about the products, these platforms become important when it comes to obtaining customer knowledge. The responsibilities of a community manager includes to obtain this knowledge and share it further with the game developers. Hence, a shared effort between the firm and the online communities of the firm can help create value for the customers in the long run. This study aims to gain a deeper understanding of the community manager's role within the process of transferring information from the communities into knowledge for the company, and also to explore how it differs in different sized companies. Theory regarding knowledge transfer and conversion, as well as customer knowledge management theory have be covered and in addition also theories on online communities. To achieve the aim of the study a qualitative and exploratory research was undertaken by selecting four case companies. Gathering the empirical findings, it became clear that one company had the most interesting community out of the four cases and therefore it became the main focus in the analysis. A community manager’s role is different depending on the company and its size. Larger firms are more concerned with a social media presence and smaller firms are more concerned with maintaining close relationships. Reaching a conclusion, it was clear that the community manager at Expansive Worlds, had several different roles within the process of knowledge transfer, in terms of acquiring, combining, and sharing knowledge.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 52 p.
Community, Community Manager, Community Management, Customer Knowledge, Knowledge Transfer, Video Game Industry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255725OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-255725DiVA: diva2:823348
Master Programme in Business and Management