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Barriers to virtual collaboration

Tan, A and Kondoz, AM (2008) Barriers to virtual collaboration Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. pp. 2045-2052.

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This paper reports on the implementation and use of a virtual collaboration system - a virtual collaborative desk (VCD) that has been introduced to a software design team in an organizational context. Virtual collaboration systems are complex and can be considered as social-technical systems, oftentimes encompassing several layers of both technical and social issues. If this multi-layered social-technical system is to work effectively and provide a dependable service, then all the layers must be well understood and structured accordingly. Otherwise, these layers can become barriers to virtual collaboration if they impede the collaborating users of a virtual team from attaining their goals. An amalgamation of principles from life-cycle and ethnomethodologically informed ethnography approaches in the evaluation of a virtual collaborative system is demonstrated in a case-study to enable researchers to understand what these issues are and how the different types of issues can prevent effective virtual collaboration.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Tan, A
Date : 2008
DOI : 10.1145/1358628.1358636
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 11:20
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 20:43

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