Technological Challenges to the Research and Development of Collaborative Working Environments

Technological Challenges to the Research and Development of Collaborative Working Environments

Karl A. Hribernik (Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science (BIBA), Germany), Klaus-Dieter Thoben (Bremen Institute of Industrial Technology and Applied Work Science (BIBA), Germany) and Michael Nilsson (Luleå University of Technology, Sweden)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-652-5.ch030
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Abstract

Through emerging technological developments, the human being is increasingly becoming liberated in his or her role as a knowledge worker, becoming able to interact seamlessly with colleagues, resources, and information facilitating improved work processes and new value generation opportunities. In this context, the ability to interact over distance across organizational, geographical, and cultural boundaries, as well as on site, is becoming increasingly important to the overall competitiveness of any organization, as collaborative tools and technologies are rapidly being adopted by both the market and society as soon as they become available. It is evident that the market for more advanced solutions is enormous.

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