Effectiveness and downside risks of employing firm-controlled agents to calm down online firestorms. 12 th OUIWS, Harvard Business School, 2014. by Nik Franke, Thomas Funke, Peter Keinz, and Alfred Taudes. Phenomenon and research question.
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Effectiveness and downside risks of employing firm-controlled agents to calm down online firestorms
12th OUIWS, Harvard Business School, 2014
Nik Franke, Thomas Funke, Peter Keinz, and Alfred Taudes
Phenomenon and research question
In this project, we explore a strategy to calm down emerging online firestorms.
“… a sudden discharge of large quantities of [...] complaint behavior against a [...] company [...] in social media networks.“ 1
Major threat to a company’s reputation2
1.) Can agents of protection effectively help to calm down online firestorms?
2.) Which factors influence their effectiveness?
NikFranke: hey guys, calm down a bit. singtel is setting up the 4G network to improve their service to all of us...so they do care for us…and by the way: i‘ve never experienced any problems …i‘drecommendtheirservicetomyfriends ...
We used case-based agent-based modeling to investigate the RQs.
Step 1: Building the model
Literature review to derive a general model on opinion diffusion3
Case study to gain data about a real-life online firestorm
Step 2: Validating the model
Simulation (1st model)
# of peers participating
Variation of - number & roles agents- community characteristics
Step 3: Running experiments
Preliminary findings & next steps
Agents of protection can significantly affect online firestorms.
No agents of protection
10 opinionleaders as agents of protection
Thank you for your attention!
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