E-Research Collaboration, Conflict and Compromise

E-Research Collaboration, Conflict and Compromise

Frances Deepwell (Coventry University, UK) and Virginia King (Coventry University, UK)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch053


In this chapter, we consider two multi-institution, multinational education research projects in Europe that used a variety of technology to facilitate online collaboration as virtual communities of practice. While judged as successes by their funding bodies, the projects both exhibited symptoms of conflict that were subsequently resolved. We apply a personal inquiry technique and draw on situational analysis to identify and explore the conflict resolution processes associated with issues of leadership, organization, and technology in e-research. We contend that the communication technologies themselves must support the development of a collaborative community; and that the social, technical, and cultural facets of electronic collaboration evolve integrally over time. We conclude by proposing strategies that may assist colleagues in setting up a successful e-research project.

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