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Virtual Collaboration Lit Review


An initial attempt at building a bit of theory from the literature around virtual collaboration.

An initial attempt at building a bit of theory from the literature around virtual collaboration.

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  • 1. Virtual Collaboration Andrea Wiggins IST 800 2/18/2008
  • 2. Agenda
    • Definition of virtual collaboration & motivation for theory
    • Visualizations of the literature data - ways to see the gaps based on multiple variables
    • The questions asked by researchers
    • Two examples: FLOSS & eScience
    • Preliminary theoretical model
  • 3. Definition & Motivation
    • Virtual collaboration can be defined as cooperative work undertaken by distributed participants through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). As fast, reliable ICTs become ubiquitous in organizational environments, virtual collaboration is increasingly commonplace and ensuring the success of these ventures is progressively more important to a wide variety of practical contexts.
  • 4. Organization Level & Themes
    • Level of analysis is key distinguishing feature of research in organizational behavior
    • Emergent themes from coding the article abstracts
  • 5. Subtopics of Articles
  • 6. Methods
  • 7. Table Representation
  • 8. Treemap Hierarchical View
  • 9. Matrix Chart: 4 Variable View
  • 10. Network Concept Map
  • 11. Questions Researchers Ask
    • Social structure: How do interpersonal relationships affect virtual collaboration?
    • Technology & organizational change: How are technology’s effects on organizational change realized in virtual collaboration?
    • Success: What factors affect success in virtual collaboration?
    • Knowledge management & support systems: What are the tools and strategies needed to support virtual collaboration?
  • 12. Examples: FLOSS & eScience
    • Both are cyberinfrastructure-enabled distributed knowledge production activities, types of virtual collaborations
    • eScience is big money research, but FLOSS is volunteer-driven, little cost
    • eScience is a top-down movement due to high costs, but FLOSS is bottom-up due to self-organizing teams
  • 13. Concepts + Questions
    • Social structure is based on interpersonal relationships, and is affected by motivation and trust (among other factors!)
    • Success is affected by social structural characteristics, as well as the ICTs available and the knowledge management tools & strategies used
  • 14. Preliminary Theoretical Model
  • 15. Thank you! Questions?