Raiding Research Online

Exploring and mapping the MMO raiding culture

Help with this research project!

January 18, 2012 By: Ladan Category: raiding research

From time to time, I hear from other students who are hoping to do some research relating to WoW as part of their master’s or undergraduate degrees. It’s always great to hear about what’s going on out there and I’m always glad to see that gaming continues to grow in relevance as a research area.

Well, one of them recently contacted me to ask if I can help him promote a research project that he’s doing for his master’s degree. And since he needs input from raiders, this is your big chance to get involved in an academic research project! He needs us to complete a questionnaire about teams and raiding:

Here’s what Daniël has to say about his project:

Hello, I am Daniël Meijer, a Master student in Organizational Psychology. I am conducting research about World of Warcraft for my masterthesis.

I have been playing World of Warcraft myself for a couple of years now. My belief is that if you ever took part in a raid team, you really know what teamwork is:

·     Working together with 10 or 25 people to defeat the most evil and challenging bosses

·     Situations where, if one of the team members fails, the whole team wipes

·     Teams that work together towards a common goal!

Games like WoW require skills, coordination, and teamwork-just like any other task in the real world. Fortunately, social scientists are becoming more and more interested in WoW, particularly because it is (in some way) so similar to many real world endeavors. Personally, for example, I believe that many business teams in organizations can learn a thing or two from Raid Teams. With my research I want to add something positive and constructive to the image of WoW and the image of gamers in general, showing the world that games can be inspiring and something you can learn from. My research focuses on team processes and differences in performance of teams.

In Organizational Psychology there is much interest in team processes. With this research I want to add something to this literature. This research is part of a bigger project which is under supervision of the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. This project is being led by Dr. E.F. Rietzschel, who is also my supervisor.

Taking the questionnaire will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes of your time. Your answers will be anonymous. Your participation is highly appreciated, but of course it is entirely voluntary. I will keep the questionnaire open until the 17th of February 2012. If you haven’t got the chance until then to enter the questionnaire, please don’t be hesitant to contact me.

Link to the questionnaire:

As soon as my Master thesis is submitted, I will provide the results to this website so that you can find it here again.

Please inform your fellow raid members as well. This research is about teams, so it would be nice if we can analyze teams that are complete.

If you have any questions, you can reach me by e-mail:

Daniël Meijer


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