In the literature of electronic meetings, few studies have investigated the effects of topic-related variables on group processes. This chapter explores the effects of an individual’s perception of topics on process gains or process losses using a sample of 110 students in 14 electronic meetings. The results of the study showed that topic characteristics variables, individual knowledge, and individual self-efficacy had a significant influence on the number of relevant comments generated in an electronic meeting.
The research model (shown in Figure 1) includes many variables not used in prior studies of topic effects, and these variables are described below along with their associated hypotheses.
Research model of topic effects on electronic meetings