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Exploring the impact of real-time communication on media choice in the context of distributed work

Aaltonen, Aleksi Ville and Eaton, Ben (2009) Exploring the impact of real-time communication on media choice in the context of distributed work. In: 17th European Conference on Information Systems, 2009-06-08 - 2009-06-10, Verona, Italy, ITA.

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This paper presents an exploratory study into the use of real-time communication (RTC) systems to support distributed work. Motivated by the authors' dissatisfaction with theories assuming individually rational actors, the paper suggests the idea of informated presence to capture phenomena emerging from employees' increasingly computer-mediated engagement with their work environment. Four case vignettes are presented to illustrate different communicative strategies that develop in response to presence availability updates generated by RTC systems. Drawing from Goffman's microsociological idea of interaction order and Zuboff's seminal work on computer-mediated work, the findings indicate the limitations of approaches such as information richness theory in understanding real-time communication in organizational settings. More research is needed to elaborate the implications of informated presence on distributed work and coordination of knowledge workers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 09:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:03

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