Computer-Mediated Communication - The Power of Email as a Driver for Changing the Communication Paradigm

Computer-Mediated Communication - The Power of Email as a Driver for Changing the Communication Paradigm

Dianne Willis (Leeds Metropolitan University, England)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-32-7.ch005
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Abstract

Email has been with us now for a long time and is being increasingly adopted as a major communication tool in UK Higher Education (HE) establishments (colleges of Higher and Further Education and universities). As the use of email grows, the effect on communication patterns needs to be established. This chapter looks at current communication and working practices within a Higher Education institution in the UK (the author’s own). A survey has been conducted to elicit people’s feelings about the use of email and how they see future patterns of communication developing within the establishment. The questions that the survey set out to answer were as follows: • Preferred methods of communication; • Advantages and disadvantages of each of the communication methods utilized at Leeds Metropolitan University (LMU); • Efficiency of email; • Items not suitable for email transmission; • Ethical considerations in using email; • Who is contacted using email; and • Increase or decrease of email usage in the future. The specific focus of the survey was to elicit how staff feel about the increasing dependence on the use of email within the institution, and these findings are discussed in the results section. The chapter will present a literature review of the area, the framework for the study, the methodology utilized, the results of the questionnaire, conclusions and future trends.

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Acknowledgments
Edward J. Szewczak , Coral R. Snodgrass
Chapter 1
Walter O. Einstein, John H. Humphreys
In this Chapter’s beginning, we introduce the degree to which emerging information technologies have changed both the organizational context and the... Sample PDF
The Changing Face of Leadership: The Influence of Information Technology
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Sofiane Sahraoui
Although there has been a wide coverage in the IS literature of the alignment of IT plans with organizational plans, most studies focused on the... Sample PDF
The Social Antecedents of Business Process Planning Effectiveness
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Laura Lally
This chapter provides a managerially oriented analysis of the risk factors involved as Information Technology becomes a more integral part of jobs... Sample PDF
Assessing the Risks of IT-Enabled Jobs
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Huub J.M. Ruel
Office work plays an important role in Western economies, and the use of office technologies in this type of work is inextricably linked. People... Sample PDF
The Non-Technical Side of Office Technology: Managing the Clarity of the Spirit and the Appropriation of Office Technology
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Chapter 5
Dianne Willis
Email has been with us now for a long time and is being increasingly adopted as a major communication tool in UK Higher Education (HE)... Sample PDF
Computer-Mediated Communication - The Power of Email as a Driver for Changing the Communication Paradigm
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Chapter 6
Edward J. Szewczak
Personal information privacy is arguably the most important issue facing the growth and prosperity of the Internet, especially of e-commerce.... Sample PDF
Personal Information Privacy and the Internet: Issues, Challenges and Solutions
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Ned Kock, Robert J. McQueen
This chapter presents a review of the organizational learning literature that points to process improvement (PI) groups as an appropriate tool for... Sample PDF
E-communication of Interdepartmental Knowledge: An Action Research Study of Process Improvement Groups
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Olivia Ernst Neece
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A Strategic Systems Perspective of Organizational Learning: Development of a Process Model Linking Theory and Practice
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Pak Yoong, Brent Gallupe
The objectives of this chapter are to describe the nature of reflective practice and the development of reflective practice in one human aspect of... Sample PDF
GSS Facilitation: A Reflective Practitioner Perspective
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Pak Yoong, Brent Gallupe
Although electronic face-to-face meetings are increasingly being used by organizations to improve the productivity of their strategic planning... Sample PDF
Using Action Learning in GSS Facilitation Training
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Thekla Rura-Polley, Ellen Baker
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Extending Collaboration Support Systems: Making Sense in Remote Innovation
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Andrew Targowski, Ali Metwali
In this millennium, global organizations will increasingly focus on the critical value of the cross-cultural communication process, efficiency... Sample PDF
The Framework for a Cross-Cultural Communication Process Efficiency and Cost in a Global Economy
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Robert W. Gerulat
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Cultural Characteristics of IT Professionals: An Ethnographic Perspective
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