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Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices
In the most basic sense, Webtexts are texts that reside on the Web. These texts are distinguished both from hypertext (because their structures may be linear rather than hypertextual) and from print texts that have been placed on the Web (such as PDF copies of journal articles). Jennifer Bowie (qtd. in Austin, Bowie, & Jones 2001 ) notes that while: some [W]ebtexts are hypertext, ... many others just incorporate a few of the multilinear and hypertextual possibilities. Webtexts are found on the World Wide Web and, like hypertext, can be multimedia. They will have links between different nodes, however the text may be designed to be read more linearly than hypertextually. (definitions.html)
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Value, Visibility, Virtual Teamwork at Kairos
Douglas Eyman (George Mason University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-893-2.ch043
This chapter proposes an analytic for the assessment of sustainability and success of virtual workplaces. This analytic considers value, visibility, and infrastructure as key factors required for success, and suggests that an assessment of sustainability must include methods for evaluating current and possible mechanisms for securing or distributing social capital, exposing the degree to which the tasks and interactions of workers are made visible, and assessing the administrative and technological infrastructure with regard to support of communication, cooperation, and collaboration. This analytic is applied through a case study of the virtual workplace of the online scholarly journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, Pedagogy.
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