Date of Graduation

2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

Department/Program

Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Patricia Mitchell

Second Advisor

Xornam Apeodoe

Third Advisor

Richard Stackman

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to investigate a socially-networked online idea-generation community. Specifically, the study examined the specific interaction patterns on an online social network and the emergence of ideas. Using social-network analysis, the interaction among the network participants was studied. This analysis included examining the relationships among the network participants in the generation and implementation of ideas. Comparisons were made between networks with ideas that were implemented and those that were not. The findings revealed that activities on the community can be expressed from a network perspective and that insights were found about participant relationships and positions in the networks. Differences among participants with respect to idea implementability were found between the networks. Also, the idea networks were consistent with the behavior of a complex adaptive entity. Based on the findings, practical implications for action for professional and academic disciplines were presented.

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