Synthesizing the Research Advances in Electronic Collaboration: Theoretical Frameworks

Synthesizing the Research Advances in Electronic Collaboration: Theoretical Frameworks

James B. Pick (University of Redlands, USA), Nicholas C. Romano Jr. (Oklahoma State University, USA) and Narcyz Roztocki (State University of New York at New Paltz, USA)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jec.2009010101
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This article has the objectives to discuss the background for the two special issues of International Journal of e-Collaboration on electronic collaboration in organizations, examine four theoretical frameworks with particular regard to their relevance to the content in the articles in the special issues, and summarize each of the nine articles in these issues. The articles in the special issues are diverse in conceptual theory, units of analysis, research methods, and levels of collaboration. Units of analysis span from the individual, virtual team, company to the dyadic relationship between firms. Electronic collaboration is studied in locales including Austria, Korea, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States. The diversity extends knowledge within varied realms of the electronic collaboration field. This introductory article offers an overall framework for these two special issues to help readers and potential authors see how the studies relate to one another and to the overall body of knowledge.

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