Are We Genetical Maladapted for E-Collaboration?

Are We Genetical Maladapted for E-Collaboration?

Ned Kock (Texas A&M International University, USA) and Donald Hantula (Temple University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-393-7.ch011
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Do we have e-collaboration genes, that is, genes that code for biological adaptations that are well aligned with the demands posed by e-collaboration? A look at our ancestral past through an evolutionary psychology lens generally suggests a negative answer to this question. It seems that our biological communication apparatus, which includes several brain modules, is in fact designed to excel in co-located communication involving face-to-face interaction. Our biological apparatus appears to be ill adapted for e-collaboration, especially in situations where text-intensive and asynchronous interaction technologies (e.g., e-mail) are used for communication. Implications for research and practice of these conclusions are discussed, particularly as they refer to the explanatory and predictive power of the conclusions.

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