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The initiation of an E-community: the Glynneath Community project case study

International Journal of Applied Entrepreneurship (ISSN: 1742-5824) Volume 1 Issue 2

Paul Davies(1), Paul Jones(1), Del Morgan(2) and Dr. Paul Beynon-Davies(3)

(1)Business School , (2) School of Humanities , Law and Social Sciences, University of Glamorgan , (3) European Business Management School , University of Wales , Swansea

Abstract

This paper analyses the development and emergence of an electronic community (E-community) within Glynneath a South Wales town. Utilising a case study methodology the community project is described including its inception, development, features and benefits that have occurred as a result. The impact upon the Glynneath and key groups therein is discussed in terms of community regeneration and involvement with the website that was the main focus of the project. A literature review on E-communities is presented and contexualtises the findings of the study. The paper concludes by identifying the key issues in the development of an e-community namely the emergence of champions and embedding the website within the culture of contributing organisations.

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