Conceptualizing virtual collaborative work: Towards an empirical framework

Michael A. D'Eredita, Michael S. Nilan

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The purpose of this paper is to define the phenomena associated with virtual collaborative work from both a cognitive and social cognitive perspective. The authors put forth an approach that assumes all people are natural sense-makers, sense-givers and organizers. The authors posit that the collaborative work we observe within both informal (ad hoc teams or communities) and formal (organizational) environments derives from fundamental, ubiquitous cognitive and social behavior intimately tied to context-specific problems or situations. The paper begins by challenging the need to re-define terms like "virtual" and "team" in a manner which works to subtly shift the focus of study from "proximal vs. distributed" to the more fruitful "fundamental behavior vs. technological constraints." The paper then presents a framework for virtual collaborative work and discusses its implications on issues related to teams, leadership, creativity, and the design and use of information technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVirtuality and Virtualization
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Federation of Information Processing Working Groups 8.2 on Information Systems and Organizations and 9.5 on Virtuality and Society
EditorsKevin Crowston, Sandra Sieber, Eleanor Wynn
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2007

Publication series

NameIFIP International Federation for Information Processing
ISSN (Print)1571-5736

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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