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Salmons, Janet and Lynn Wilson. "Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy (2 Volumes)." IGI Global, 2009. 1-1026. Web. 24 Apr. 2014. doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-106-3

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Salmons, J., & Wilson, L. (2009). Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy (2 Volumes) (pp. 1-1026). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-60566-106-3

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Description

Collaboration among organizations in the digitally connected 21st century society often requires electronic communications within and across fields to facilitate superior outcomes that would not be possible without the power of communication technologies.

The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy offers exhaustive research on collaborations in education, business, and the government and social sectors. Through 50 in-depth research contributions by multidisciplinary scholars from 16 countries, this unique collection identifies areas where previous theories, literature, research methods, and approaches need to be updated to acknowledge the changes now emerging in a digitally connected global economy and society.

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Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Chapter 1
Frances Deepwell
In this chapter, we consider two multi-institution, multinational education research projects in Europe that used a variety of technology to... Sample PDF
E-Research Collaboration, Conflict and Compromise
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Chapter 2
Susanne Croasdaile
In the world of education, many occasions necessitate interorganizational collaboration. Geographical distance and time constraints are challenges... Sample PDF
Inter-Organizational E-Collaboration in Education
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Kumiko Aoki
This chapter discusses cultural differences in educational practices of the East and West. In East Asian countries, where Confucian philosophy has... Sample PDF
Cultural Issues in Global Collaborative Education
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Ken Stevens
The Internet and an expanding range of technologies have enabled small schools in rural communities in Atlantic Canada to collaborate in addressing... Sample PDF
The Development of Collaborative Structures to Support Virtual Classes in Small Schools
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Christine Marrett
Information communication technologies (ICTs) have facilitated institutional collaboration in distance education. Based on the study, Institutional... Sample PDF
Experiences in Collaboration in Distance Education from the Caribbean, Looking Beyond Electronic
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Neli Maria Mengalli
This chapter presents the course School Management and Technologies, and what emerged from the discourses of subjects that make it possible to... Sample PDF
Collaboration and Networks: Basis for the Management Based on Knowledge in Education
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Niki Lambropoulos, Panagiotis Kampylis, Sofia Papadimitriou, Marianna Vivitsou, Alexander Gkikas
Recent rapid technological advancement has influenced communication and information management. In addition, it has facilitated collaboration, an... Sample PDF
Hybrid Synergy for Virtual Knowledge Working
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Chapter 8
Chijioke J. Evoh
The purpose of this study is to examine the dynamics of collaborative partnership involving the private sector, government, and community groups in... Sample PDF
Collaborative Partnerships and the Application of ICTs in Secondary Education in South Africa
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Sandra J. Chrystal
This chapter reports on two University of Southern California collaborations that partner business communication classes with not-for-profit... Sample PDF
Technology Leverages a Community University Collaboration
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Chapter 10
Tine Köhler, Michael Berry
Internationally distributed teams (IDTs) face challenges related to the team members’ diversity and geographic dispersion. However, research on IDTs... Sample PDF
Creating Synergy for Inter-Cultural Learning
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Iris C. Fischlmayr
In this chapter, factors “really” influencing virtual multicultural team work shall be described and a training design used for students and company... Sample PDF
A Training Design for Behavioral Factors in Virtual Multicultural Teams
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Chapter 12
Jennifer V. Lock, Petrea Redmond
An international online collaborative learning experience was designed and implemented in preservice teacher education classes at the University of... Sample PDF
Working Collaboratively on the Digital Global Frontier
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Chapter 13
John D. Murphy
This chapter introduces Collaboration Engineering as an approach to developing more effective collaborative sessions for interdisciplinary teams.... Sample PDF
Engineering for Interdisciplinary Collaboration
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Chapter 14
Darren Lee Pullen
Communication technology, which is not constrained by geographical boundaries, has increasingly resulted in faster and more efficient ways to... Sample PDF
Back to Basics: Electronic Collaboration in the Education Sector
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Chapter 15
Elizabeth DePoy
This chapter presents and analyzes the scholarly basis and empirical work that resulted in the development of Techscape, the application of... Sample PDF
Designing University Techscapes
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Kathy Lynch, Aleksej Heinze, Eljse Scott
The barriers to global collaboration of yesteryear include country boundaries and time zones. Today, however, in a world where communication is... Sample PDF
Scholarly Collaboration Across Time Zones
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Christine Aikens Wolfe, Cheryl North-Coleman, Shari Wallis Williams, Denise Amos, Glorianne Bradshaw, Toby Emert
A group of National Writing Project teachers from around the nation attended a Professional Writing Retreat in Santa Fe in 2004 and continued their... Sample PDF
Stepping into the Role of Professional Writer
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Chapter 18
Garry G. Burnett
This chapter introduces Media Synchronicity Theory as a means to examine the influence of technology use on the relationship between a... Sample PDF
Collective Identity and Learning in a Virtual Team
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Chapter 19
Janet Salmons
Social constructivism is an established educational theory based on the principle that learners and teachers co-construct knowledge through social... Sample PDF
E-Social Constructivism and Collaborative E-Learning
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Jeffrey Mok
Technological artifacts such as computers and mobile electronic devices have dramatically increased our learning interactions with machines. Coupled... Sample PDF
Social and Distributed Cognition in Collaborative Learning Contexts
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Chapter 21
Qing Li
Increasingly, educators in a range of venues and institutions (e.g., K-12 schools, post secondary institutions, training facilities) are being... Sample PDF
Modeling the Model for Distributed Learning
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Kathryn Dixon
This chapter is the result of an investigation into the capacity of an electronic portfolio (e-folio) to promote reflection and collaboration in a... Sample PDF
Capacity of an Electronic Portfolio to Promote Professionalism, Collaboration and Accountability in Educational Leadership
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Chapter 23
Robert J. Redmon Jr.
Departmental e-mail reflection groups promise to help resolve two of the most pressing problems facing the teaching profession, finding time for... Sample PDF
E-Mail Reflection Groups as Collaborative Action Research
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Chapter 24
Janet L. Holland
This chapter reports on a mixed study dealing with the impact of integrating student peer mentor facilitators into online discussions in an effort... Sample PDF
Integrating Student Peer Mentoring Online
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Rosemarie Reynolds, Michael T. Brannick
This study examined the effect of computer-based videoconferencing and text-based chat on mentoring relationships, and compared the findings to... Sample PDF
Outcomes of Computer Mentoring
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Chapter 26
Linda L. Larson, Paul Boyd-Batstone, Carole Cox
When teachers integrate online discussions into courses, they are faced with the challenge of deciding how to evaluate the postings. This chapter... Sample PDF
Rubric to Determine a Quality Online Discussion Posting
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Chapter 27
Andre L. Araujo
Recent advances in Web-based technologies along with investments in international outsourcing and offshore locations have unquestionably increased... Sample PDF
Instrumental and Social Influences on Adoption of Collaborative Technologies in Global Virtual Teams
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Kenneth David Strang
Logically, it makes sense that organizations can be successful if their employees collaborate effectively, in a synergistic manner. Economically... Sample PDF
Collaborative Synergy and Leadership in E-Business
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Chapter 29
Gilliean Lee
Recent industry and business trends can be described as shorter life cycle, increased speed to market, customizability, and a wide variety (rather... Sample PDF
Overview on Information Systems and Tools for Collaborative Enterprise: Business Impacts and Managerial Issues
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Apivut Chakuthip, Yvonne Brunetto, Rod Farr-Wharton, Sheryl Ramsay
This chapter uses the structural and relational dimension of Social Capital Theory as the lens for examining the factors affecting a Small and... Sample PDF
Trust, Social Networks and Electronic Commerce Adoption
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Bolanle A. Olaniran
Trust and relational development represents a critical challenge in online collaboration groups. Often the problem is attributed to several factors... Sample PDF
A Proposition for Developing Trust and Relational Synergy in International e-Collaborative Groups
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Chapter 32
Peter Rittgen
The increasing complexity of products and services encourages more and more companies to form collaborative networks. As these companies are... Sample PDF
Supporting Inter-Business Collaboration via Contract Negotiation and Enactment
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Larry R. Irons
This chapter reviews research in distributed work, relating it to the way organizations manage collaboration between home-based customer support... Sample PDF
The Limits of Anytime, Anywhere Customer Support
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Chapter 34
Tobias Müller-Prothmann
Collaboration is a constitutional element of any organization. To conceptualize the organization as an evolving system of interactions means to put... Sample PDF
KMmaster® for Collaboration and Knowledge Management
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Chapter 35
Steven Jeddeloh
This essay explores ultimate team performance as experienced by veteran airline pilots working together with a common purpose. The research... Sample PDF
Ultimate Performance in a Highly Functioning Team
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Chapter 36
Theresa Rich
This case study presents the work done to develop and execute the global vision for a 24/7 matrix organization within a major multinational... Sample PDF
Globalizing a Function within a Company
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Chapter 37
R. Todd Stephens
This chapter examines the elements of the new Web 2.0 technology base and reviews the lessons learned when implementing these technologies.... Sample PDF
Integrating Web 2.0 Technologies within the Enterprise
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Chapter 38
Mairi Stewart Kershaw
This chapter details one project, “Linking for a Change” (LFC), connecting schools and public/social sector providers of education for sustainable... Sample PDF
An Evaluation of ‘Linking for a Change'
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Chapter 39
Lynn Wilson
Environmental sustainability and global climate change issues intensify the need for collaborations between scientists and policymakers. Working in... Sample PDF
Collaboration in the Service of Knowledge Co-Creation for Environmental Outcomes, Science and Public Policy
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Chapter 40
Diego Liberati
In current economic and scientific scenarios, interactions and organization models tend to be more and more oriented to flexibility of... Sample PDF
Networked Experiments in Global E-Science
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Chapter 41
Jeroen Wolbers, Peter Groenewegen, Pieter Wagenaar
The implementation of GMS (Integrated Emergency room System) in the Netherlands has had a tumultuous record. A direct consequence of the... Sample PDF
ICT to Facilitate Emergency Response in The Netherlands
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Chapter 42
Elena Corradini
This chapter discusses a project for the implementation of a digital repository in a specific context, namely a small Italian town. The latest... Sample PDF
Enhancing Collective Memory with a Community Repository
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Chapter 43
Simon Milne
This chapter examines the development and associated outcomes of two government funded projects designed to support small tourism enterprise (STE)... Sample PDF
ICT and Tourism Enterprise Collaboration in Rural New Zealand
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Chapter 44
Rubye Braye, Eric Evans
This chapter originated as a reflection of the communication between U.S. facilitators and a Rwandan host as they ecollaborated in planning... Sample PDF
2007 Leadership and Human Resources Training in Rwanda
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Chapter 45
James L. Smith
This chapter reveals the common theme three rural Minnesota communities used in their collaboration efforts in to install and deliver broadband... Sample PDF
Collaboration through Municipal Motivators
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Chapter 46
Keith Baker
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is often seen as a vehicle for organizational reform. However, the established literature on... Sample PDF
Understanding the Dialectic Relationship between Intraand Inter-Organizational Cooperation
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Chapter 47
Rakesh Biswas, Jayanthy Maniam, Edwin Wen Huo Lee, Shashikiran Umakanth, Premalatha Gopal Das
This is an illustrative process description of a collaborative project utilizing a multidisciplinary approach. The requirement for collaboration... Sample PDF
Electronic Collaboration Toward Social Health Outcomes
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Chapter 48
Beverly-Jean Daniel, April Boyington Wall
This chapter presents a case study of the process of employing technology in a project involving the development and presentation of a unique... Sample PDF
Technology Enhanced Collaborative Leadership Development
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Chapter 49
Lisa Faithorn, Baruch S. Blumberg
Complex social, economic, political and environmental challenges as well as new research areas that cut across disciplinary, institutional and... Sample PDF
Lessons Learned from the NASA Astrobiology Institute
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Chapter 50
Lynn Wilson, Janet Salmons
The concluding chapter offers the editors’ insights into the book chapters’ combined contribution. Using the editors’ Collaborative Integration... Sample PDF
Online Collaborative Integration and Recommendations for Future Research
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Reviews and Testimonials

The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy provides scholars and practitioners of electronic collaboration with a phenomenal set of examples of global collaboration and synergy that cover business, nonprofit, public service, and educational applications. The volume will become a standard reference for those interested in leading, working or conducting research collaboratively across virtual boundaries.

– Dr. Shelley R. Robbins, Capella University, USA

This book brings together theory, research, and analysis that establishes a baseline for scholarship and practice in leveraging technology for collaboration. The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy is a solid resource for any academic library collection.

– Julia Sollien, Director of Capella University Library

The astonishing book is a cornucopia of multicultural riches. It is a huge work that covers a vast swathe of issues in relation to electronic collaboration, set in an equally wide range of different cultural contexts. After persuing this massive book, I am sure every reader will leave it with the sense of a genuine meeting of minds, and will wish for more.

– Anita Pincas, University of London, UK

The Handbook of Research and Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy is a solid resource for any academic library collection, especially those providing access to online resources.

– Julia Sollien, Director of Capella University Library

This book reviews research on collaboration, conflict, and compromise in education, focusing on diverse, multicultural settings.

– Book News Inc. (February 2009)

This represents a herculean effort to coordinate so many authors from around the world... I found this research to be well-balanced with both academically valuable and practically sound research.

– Dr. Gina Hinrichs, Capella University, Lawrence Technological University, and Benedictine Univeristy

This handbook would be a very useful resource for faculty seeking supplemental readings for their students. Both theoretical models and practical implementations are included, and the coverage of examples from around the world make this handbook a particularly valuable and unique resource.

– Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information

This is a true handbook. It is a viable resource for the experienced collaborator or technician, as well as anyone new to the charge of successfully facilitating electroinic collaboration across boundaries. It should be part of every business professional's library as a competency builder and value added resource for them to better contribute to their employers or clients, since all organizations are increasingly reliant on virtual collaboration to conduct even basic business.

– Trina Hoefling, GroupONE Solutions, USA
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Topics Covered

  • Collaborative action research
  • Collaborative commerce
  • Collaborative e-learning
  • Collaborative partnerships
  • Collaborative synergy
  • Collective identity
  • Collective memory with community repository
  • Computer mentoring
  • Digital global frontier
  • Digital technology collaboration
  • Distance Education
  • Distributed cognition
  • E-research collaboration
  • E-social constructivism
  • Electronic collaboration
  • Electronic commerce adoption
  • Global collaboration education
  • Hybrid synergy
  • Inter-cultural learning
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Interorganizational collaboration
  • Networks and communities of practice
  • Online collaborative integration
  • Organizational synergy
  • Relational synergy
  • Technology enhanced collaborative leadership development
  • University techscapes
  • Virtual classroom
  • Virtual knowledge working
  • Virtual multicultural teams
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Preface

People who collaborate in our digitally connected 21st century society require a new combination of strategic, cross-cultural, team and technical skills. Incorporating electronic communications within and across fields is a requirement, not a choice, for many contemporary collaborative efforts. Scholarly researchers are challenged to study the complex changes associated with technological innovation and to illuminate impacts of these changes, evaluate effective approaches, and address related needs of organizations and individuals. This book presents a collection of empirical work that examines techniques, strategies and effects of electronic collaboration across disciplines and sectors.

Examples of online collaboration in practice are evident across the World Wide Web. People write collaboratively on wikis, even creating an encyclopedia. They collaborate to design, implement, test and improve on open source software. They collaborate to contribute to the blogosphere, build virtual environments in Second Life and organize events for the people who visit those environments. Immediate two-way communication through email, instant messaging, voice over Internet, online conferencing, virtual environments, mobile devices and other modes has changed the way organizations operate by opening the door for dialogue where monologue had been the norm. The early Internet supported text-only exchanges between scientists and government researchers. Today, increased access to the Internet and wide availability of sophisticated software enable colleagues and partners, teachers and students, businesses and customers to easily use audio, visual and text to communicate, regardless of geographic location.

Business writers point out that "mass collaboration on the Internet is shaking up business. The economic role of social behavior is increasing” (Hof, 2005 p. 1). Peer-to-peer exchange is moving from entertainment to other industries including finance, publishing and energy (McGonigal, 2008; Stalnaker, 2008; Tapscott & Williams, 2008). Work is shifting toward greater interdependence among individuals to create collective and synergistic products and services using advanced technology. Companies, social sector agencies and individuals are collaborating to solve complex problems (Clark, 2008; Cooper, 2007; Easton, 2003 p. 87). Others are brought to electronic collaboration out of necessity because of geographically dispersed teams, budgets that no longer support travel for face-to-face meetings or to access a specific member or expert. Governmental agencies relate to other agencies and to citizens across the Internet (Makia, 2006). Online education—which typically requires learners to discuss and exchange ideas electronically—is a growth industry at all levels, from K-12 to Ph.D. (Seaman, 2007).

As technology has enabled more people in more places to work online, the expectations placed on electronic collaborations have multiplied, sometimes in advance of the social, technological or administrative structures to appropriately support them. New approaches to education and training benefit those in any field who will lead, manage and work collaboratively. Some managers and educators perceive these shifts, and are purposefully using assignments and projects that require online collaboration to encourage development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

In this changing environment one point is evident: to succeed in any field, scholars and practitioners must cross boundaries between disciplines and cultures. Peter Senge, a leading thinker in organizational systems theory, observes: "it’s no longer possible to create positive results in isolation" (Senge, 2003 p. 3). The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational is designed to introduce readers to important examples across sectors broadly categorized as education, business and government/social sector. Electronic collaboration is very different in each sector, allowing readers to explore potentially transferrable approaches and methodologies.

Exploring Electronic Collaboration in Education, Business and Government/Social Sectors

The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy is divided into three sections. Each section includes chapters concerning collaboration between entities (Inter-Organizational Collaboration), as well as collaboration within entities (Intra-Organizational Collaboration). While the term “organization” is used, collaborative partners may be individual learners, writers, consultants or enrepreneurs.

Education, for the purpose of this book, refers to schools, academic institutions and higher education. Inter-Organizational Collaboration includes partnerships between educational institutions, between those institutions and other types of organizations, or working relationships between researchers at different institutions. Intra-Organizational Collaboration in this context focuses on pedagogy for collaborative e-learning and team learning in the classroom or mentoring between peer learners or instructors and learners. Intra-Organizational Collaboration additionally includes professional development or administrative practices between individuals or departments of the institution.

Business, for the purpose of this book, refers broadly to the private sector. Inter-Organizational Collaboration describes partnerships, alliances or exchanges between businesses, businesses and other entities or businesses and customers. Intra-Organizational Collaboration in this context describes collective efforts by virtual work groups or teams within a single organization; it could also describe the technologies or systems used to facilitate such collaboration.

Government/Social Sector, for the purpose of this book, refers primarily to the public sector. This broad category encompasses governmental bodies or agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit organizations. Inter-Organizational Collaboration describes partnerships, alliances or exchanges between entities including governments and citizens. These collaborations serve policy formation, implementation or service delivery. Intra-Organizational Collaboration in this context describes collective efforts by virtual work groups within an organization or community.

Some of the chapters on inter-organizational collaboration cross sectors. Contributions represent twenty countries and half of the chapters that deal with inter-organizational collaborations describe work that crosses cultures and national boundaries. Intra-organizational collaborations may still cross functions or departments. Take together, these chapters offer a diverse picture of the possibilities for e-collaboration.

Defining “Collaboration”

The word collaborate has its origins in the Latin word collaborare, "to work together" (OED, 2005). Theorists and researchers have expanded on this basic definition.

The working definition for this book is: collaboration is an interactive process that engages two or more participants who work together to achieve outcomes they could not accomplish independently. The particular interest of this book is electronic collaboration, where the “interactive process” is conducted using information and communications technologies (ICT). Since participants typically work in an organizational context, other enabling or obstructing factors may exist. Those are explored through the study of organizational synergy, which is defined for this book as: an open, integrated process (strategic, operational, procedural and cultural) that fosters collaboration and encourages participants to expand connections beyond typical boundaries and achieve innovative outcomes.

Building on these definitions, the editors have developed a model with roots in multiple disciplines. The Collaborative Integration Paradigm offers a conceptual framework for investigating and classifying inter- and intra-organizational processes. It is presented in the chapter “Analysis and Recommendations for Future Research” to aid readers who want to analyze the dimensions of collaboration described in this Handbook.

Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy: A Contribution to the Literature

How are scholars studying these phenomena and what are they adding to the knowledge of online collaboration, and the organizational practices that support it? The Handbook is designed to address three major gaps evident in contemporary scholarly work:

    1. Need for new theories and models that focus on organizational practices necessary for successful online collaboration. Few studies specifically examine communication processes, organizational or leadership practices that encourage or hinder the development of working relationships needed to build and sustain online collaboration. Studies from public-private sector management and education disciplines lack adequate focus on the structure, organization and developmental process of collaborationor degrees of collaboration.

    Much of the literature and most of the theories were conceived prior to the advent of the Internet forvery different purposes and realities than those present today. Without theoretical models that explain such distinctions, research cannot address questions of how to match different types of collaboration to different circumstances.

    2. Need for interdisciplinary exchange of findings. Electronic collaboration is being used and studied in different fields, but the findings are typically shared in journals or at conferences within disciplinary boundaries.

    For example, the literature shows commonalities between public and private sector management and education disciplines with regard to the relationship between collaboration and learning. Whether it entails transfer of knowledge, exchange of expertise or creative problem solving, learning occurs through collaborative experiences whether in the workplace or the classroom. Analyzing research from both fields shows where the findings reinforce each other. At the same time, the literature points to ways through which cross-pollination between education, the social and private sectors could be mutually beneficial by improving understanding of successful instructional design or teaching practices. Researchers looking at collaboration and learning might be able to address common problems more comprehensively by working together. Yet, as Chris Huxham points out:

      Little attempt has been made to clarify the ways in which the [collaboration] literature inter-relates…There is little cross-referencing of material from one discipline to another and many authors appear oblivious to any other relevant research (Hibbert & Huxham, 2005 p. 1).

    Huxham observes similar issues among practitioners, in which people found it difficult to "communicate across different professional and natural languages and different organizational and professional cultures" (Huxham, 2003 p. 406). Few conduits exist for communicating theories, research methods or findings across disciplines. As a result, advances in one field are rarely transferred to others.

    3. Need to consider potential impact of electronic communications. Many researchers use electronic tools to communicate with research associates, or may explore situations in which research subjects use electronic tools to communicate. However, they rarely collect data or analyze the effects of those online communications on the success of the project. They do not consider added factors involved when the interaction occurs through written, rather than verbal communication. Studies typically lack empirical exploration of factors such as cost-effectiveness, inclusion and participation in collaborative projects that use electronic technologies.

In this book, contributing authors begin to address these needs using diverse models and examples that demonstrate scholarly exploration of online collaboration. They examine the process of collaboration and, in many cases they exemplify collaborative processes in their own co-authorship. By presenting studies from education, business and the social sectors side by side, it is hoped that the book can open up new opportunities for cross-disciplinary exchange.

Readers who explore methods and theories from their own and other disciplines may find that they can use the Handbook of Research as a platform for new and innovative discoveries about electronic collaboration. Whether you are in a classroom, research institution, corporate office, laboratory or social service agency, we invite you to be active in the study and practice and contribute to the future research in this evolving field.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Janet Salmons has served on the graduate faculty for the Capella University School of Business and Technology since 1999. Her consulting practice, Vision2Lead, Inc. (www.vision2lead.com), supports the development of virtual community and elearning for educational institutions, nonprofit and business organizations. She has extensive experience teaching, training and coaching on topics related to leadership, teamwork, and collaboration. She is a frequent conference and webinar presenter. Current publications include chapters in the Lexicon of Online and Distance Education (2009), Encyclopedia of Information Technology Curriculum Integration (2008), and in Student Plagiarism in an Online World Problems and Solutions (2007). She is author of Online Interviews in Real Time (2009), and Taxonomy of Online Collaboration: Theory and Applications in E-Learning (2009). She earned a PhD in interdisciplinary studies, concentration in educational leadership from Union Institute & University, an MA in policy studies from the State University of New York’s Empire State College and a BS in adult and community education from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University.
Lynn Wilson is executive director of SeaTrust Institute, and principal for the consulting firm OSSIA which facilitates collaborative and strategic processes. She regularly presents at international conferences on environmental, public policy and social issues. Recent presentations: plenary at Littoral 2004 in Aberdeen, Scotland; 2007 Amsterdam Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change; 2008 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management. Lynn delivers online courses through regional colleges and nonprofit programs and conducts webinars. She has extensive experience as a policy analyst, legislative advisor, science writer and strategic business consultant. Lynn holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Policy/Administration from the Union Institute & University, Masters in Journalism with honors from Central State University, BA and graduate study from the University of Oklahoma. Her work appears in Delivering Sustainable Coasts; Connecting Science and Policy (2004), numerous legislative and policy reports, scientific articles in technical and trade publications and business processes guides through ICG’s Technical Publication Series. Lynn serves on advisory and review boards for education, science and the environment including the 2006 NSTC Joint Subcommittee on Science and Technology publication Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the Unites States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade.
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Editorial Board

The Editorial Board includes scholars and practitioners from each area we cover in the book - Education, Business, Government and Social Sector:
  • Ted Cable, Kansas State University, USA
  • Kate Hussin, Capella University, USA
  • Cole Keirsey, LSI Logic, USA
  • Virginia Moxley, Kansas State University, USA
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy, Guided Insights, USA