E-colloboration: the reality of virtuality

A.F. Rutkowski, D.R. Vogel, M.J.I.M. Genuchten, van, T.M.A. Bemelmans, M. Favier

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With the development of new technologies, and particularly information and communication technologies (ICTs), teams have evolved to encompass new forms of interaction and collaboration. By focusing on the communicative dimensions of global virtual teams, this paper demonstrates that e-collaboration is more than a technological substitution for traditional face-to face collaboration. It places special emphasis on the importance of structuring activities for balancing electronic communication during e-collaboration (i.e., videoconference, email, chat session, distributed use of group support system) to bridge cultural and stereotypical gaps, to increase profitable role repartition between the participants, and to prevent and solve conflicts. During the past four years, the authors have developed a project involving hundreds of participants from different national cultures working together for six weeks on a specific project. In this paper, we present our experiences and draw conclusions, giving special attention to the structure of the electronic communication required to support efficient virtual teaming in education and industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-230
JournalIEEE Transactions on Professional Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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