A Macro-Level Approach to Understanding Use of E-Collaboration Technologies

A Macro-Level Approach to Understanding Use of E-Collaboration Technologies

Sanjiv D. Vaidya (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India) and Priya Seetharaman (Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, India)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-000-4.ch064
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The article is organized in the following manner. The first section reviews concerned literature relevant to the use of ECT in organizations. The second section describes a framework depicting the drivers of ECT use in organizations. The framework represents a macro level perspective of the phenomenon. The subsequent section highlights the implications of such a framework and the potential for further research.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Geographic Dispersion: Physical dispersion of group members across geographically distant locations, thus necessitating use of technology support for group task.

Temporal Separation: Differences in the time of work of different members of the group arising due to geographic dispersion or due to differences in working hours.

Pressures to Use ECT: Captures the felt need for technology support for group task experienced due to group and task environment factors.

Perceived Relative Advantage: Refers to the degree to which an innovation is perceived as being superior to the ideas it supersedes or replaces.

Potential for ECT Use: Refers to the opportunity for the use of ECT arising out of task characteristics and organizational environment in which the group is embedded.

E-Collaboration Technologies (ECT): The collective system of interactive computer-based tools that facilitate a variety of group tasks.

Proclivity Towards ECT: Captures the natural tendency of the group members to use ECT arising mainly from inclination towards technology and the relative advantage arising out of its use.

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