Emergent decision-making practices in technology-supported self-organizing distributed teams

Robert Heckman, Kevin Crowston, Qing Li, Eileen Allen, U. Eseryel, James Howison, Kangning Wie

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Abstract

We seek to identify work practices that make technology-supported, self-organizing, distributed (or virtual) teams (TSSODT for short) effective in producing outputs satisfactory to their sponsors, meeting the needs of their members, and continuing to function. A particularly important practice for team effectiveness is decision making: are the right decisions made at the right time to get the work done in a way that satisfies team sponsors, keeps contributors happy and engaged, and enables continued team success? In this research-in-progress paper, we report on an inductive qualitative analysis of 120 decision episodes taken by two Free/Libre Open Source Software development teams. Our analysis revealed differences in decision-making practices that seem to be related to differences in overall team effectiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages649-660
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2006
Event27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006 - Milwaukee, WI, United States
Duration: Dec 10 2006Dec 13 2006

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Other27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006
CountryUnited States
CityMilwaukee, WI
Period12/10/0612/13/06

Keywords

  • Decision-making practices
  • Distributed teams
  • Free/Libre Open Source Software development teams
  • Leadership
  • Selforganizing teams
  • Team effectiveness
  • Technology-supported teams
  • Virtual teams

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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    Heckman, R., Crowston, K., Li, Q., Allen, E., Eseryel, U., Howison, J., & Wie, K. (2006). Emergent decision-making practices in technology-supported self-organizing distributed teams. 649-660. Paper presented at 27th International Conference on Information Systems, ICIS 2006, Milwaukee, WI, United States.