The chapters in this volume explore cutting-edge research being conducted on emerging information technologies. All of the technologies are well known; this book's unique contribution is its explanation of the application and relevance for managers, consultants, and decision makers. The ultimate purpose of Emerging Information Technologies is to enable its readers - managers, consultants, scholars, and researchers - to build bridges from technological emergence to the technological sublime. In-depth topics include * Recommendation Systems * Hypermedia/Hypertext * Data Warehousing * Artificial Intelligence (AI) * Group Support Systems (GSS) * Executive Information Systems (EIS) * Virtual Teams * Information Delivery Systems (IDS) * E-Commerce * Client Server Systems * Knowledge Work Productivity

Virtual Teams versus Face-to-Face Teams: An Exploratory Study of a Web-Based Conference System

Virtual Teams versus Face-to-Face Teams: An Exploratory Study of a Web-Based Conference System

Virtual teams versus face-to-face teams: An exploratory study of a web-based conference system

Do teams that collaborate online suffer from constraints in their ability to communicate? Can companies implement virtual teams with the same confidence they have when they assign workers to collaborate on group tasks through traditional face-to-face meetings? Questions like these are increasingly important for managers as virtual teams become more common. The findings of research in recent years are not encouraging. Much of this research suggests that groups using computer-mediated communication systems (CMCS) communicate less effectively in many circumstances than groups meeting face-to-face. For example, Hightower and Sayeed (1995, 1996) found that virtual teams exchange information less effectively than face-to-face ...

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