Sloan 2001: A Virtual Odyssey
Wanda J. Orlikowski (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA), JoAnne Yates (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) and Nils Olaya Fonstad (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: © 2001
In this chapter, we provide an account of the emergence of a virtual community following a shift in institutional work practice from a traditional process to one that was primarily electronic. In the 1998/99 MBA Admissions season, the Sloan School of Management moved from a primarily paper-based application process to an entirely Web-based application process. From the Admissions Office point of view, this shift to on-line admissions was intended to be a relatively contained and simple change in medium to reduce costs in one part of the process (in order to allow greater spending on another part) and to simplify work processes in the office, as well as to reinforce Sloan’s image of technological innovativeness.