Intraorganizational Versus Interorganizational Uses and Benefits of Electronic Mail

Intraorganizational Versus Interorganizational Uses and Benefits of Electronic Mail

Denise J. McManus (Wake Forest University, USA), Chetan Sankar (Auburn University, USA), Houston H. Carr (Auburn University, USA) and F. Nelson Ford (Auburn University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 9
DOI: 10.4018/irmj.2002070101
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Abstract

The success of an organization depends on rapid, reliable, and direct communications within the organization and with the outside world. To determine if electronic mail (e-mail) provides a competitive benefit, a sample of 99 management-level participants in 41 companies responded to a survey that assessed their intraorganizational (internal) and interorganizational (external) uses of e-mail. Through the use of factor analysis and regression methodologies, the researchers investigated whether a significant relationship exists between the internal and external uses and benefits of e-mail. The intraorganizational uses of e-mail indicated a significant and positive relationship with the organizational benefits of e-mail, thus, supporting the electronic exchange of information within organizations.However, the results indicated that interorganizational uses of e-mail did not promote corporate communication outside the company. Thus, managers need to know which communication technology is appropriate for intraorganizational and interorganizational uses.

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