13. Status and participation in online task groups: An agent-based model

  1. Gianluca Manzo
  1. Simone Gabbriellini

Published Online: 14 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118762707.ch13

Analytical Sociology

Analytical Sociology

How to Cite

Gabbriellini, S. (2014) Status and participation in online task groups: An agent-based model, in Analytical Sociology (ed G. Manzo), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, United Kingdom. doi: 10.1002/9781118762707.ch13

Editor Information

  1. GEMASS, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and University of Paris-Sorbonne, France

Author Information

  1. Department of Informatics: Science & Engineering, University of Bologna, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119940388

Online ISBN: 9781118762707



  • agent-based model;
  • E-state structuralism (ESS);
  • empirical tests;
  • multi-player online games;
  • online task groups;
  • status hierarchies


This chapter presents a dynamic model that explains status hierarchies in online task-oriented groups, whose members may be differentiated by an external status characteristic. The model reveals the participation of actors in online group discussions, how this participation is affected by external status characteristics, and how it leads to the formation of internal status relations. The model relies on and extends the approach by Skvoretz and Fararo known as E-state structuralism (ESS) in the formation of status hierarchies in task-oriented groups. The model is an attempt to modify the ESS model by broadening its interaction range and extending it beyond pairwise interactions. The author implements his micro-founded generative hypotheses as an agent-based model and has then tested the outcome of the model with a case study to empirically validate the simulations. Finally, the chapter evaluates behavior of the model in its parameter space and compares it to the observed outcomes.