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Andrea B. Hollingshead & Noshir S. Contractor

In: Handbook of New Media: Social Shaping and Consequences of ICTs

Chapter 13: New Media and Organizing at the Group Level

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New Media and Organizing at the Group Level
New media and organizing at the group level
Andrea B. HollingsheadNoshir S. Contractor

Traditionally, small groups have been defined by researchers as collectives ranging from a minimum of two, and in most cases three, to a maximum of 15 or so members (cf. McGrath, 1984). Members of groups have interdependent goals, are acquainted with and interact with one another and have a sense of belonging. Recent developments in digital communication technologies have brought about a radical change in our collective notion of what constitutes a group. Members of groups no longer need to be formally constituted or to be co-present (in time or place) to collaborate, share information or socialize. Instead new technologies facilitate the creation, maintenance and ...

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