Fostering engagement in private online customer community: case YIT Plus

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Heikkinen, Johanna 2015-11-04T13:21:21Z 2015-11-04T13:21:21Z 2015
dc.description.abstract Objective of the Study: The objective of the study is to explore different communicative actions the case organization can use in a private online customer community YIT Plus. The focus is on the challenges of the customer community that may prevent engagement as well as on the specific features, which can in turn enhance customer engagement by providing after-sale added value. The study also seeks to explore the privacy aspect of the online community and changing stakeholder roles in a three stage construction project of an apartment building. The main research question is: How can communication foster engagement in a private online customer community and create the sense of community among the customers? Methodology and Theoretical Framework: The research uses a qualitative approach in a single-case study where YIT Plus is selected as the case online customer community. The main source of data is gathered from eight semi-structured interviews. The netnography method is used to observe YIT Plus over the time span of six months. The theoretical framework represents how different aspects of the private online customer community can provide value, create customer engagement and enhance the sense of community. Findings and Conclusion: Important findings of communicative actions in a private online customer community are identified. The results help to identify salient features of YIT Plus that create value and to which communication should focus on. Challenges of the community are also discussed, especially in terms of unclear stakeholder roles in three identified stages of construction. As a result a project communication schedule is created, in order to answer five W's and How; who, what, when, where, why and how? en
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dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.title Fostering engagement in private online customer community: case YIT Plus en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtamisen laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management Studies en
dc.subject.keyword project communication
dc.subject.keyword private online community
dc.subject.keyword customer community
dc.subject.keyword stakeholder
dc.subject.keyword value communication
dc.subject.keyword social network
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201511055023
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Corporate Communication en
dc.programme.major MSc program in Corporate Communication fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.subject.helecon yritysviestintä
dc.subject.helecon business communication
dc.subject.helecon viestintä
dc.subject.helecon communication
dc.subject.helecon projektit
dc.subject.helecon projects
dc.subject.helecon yhteisöt
dc.subject.helecon communities
dc.subject.helecon verkostot
dc.subject.helecon networks
dc.ethesisid 14126 2015-09-11
dc.location P1 I

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