Accession Number:

ADA256803

Title:

The Interplay of Work Group Structures and Computer Support

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

49.0

Abstract:

When members of task groups communicate through computers instead of traditional means, much about the group could change group structure, intensity of communication, interaction across physical barriers, and the work process. This chapter probes these issues by reviewing a year-long field experiment among active workers and retirees planning a companys retirement policy. The study shows many effects of computer communication. Among other findings, the study shows that computer communication can help reduce barriers to social interaction in distributed work groups and can broaden leadership roles. How are task groups affected, if at all, by access to computer-based communication capabilities in addition to conventional communication media What happens when the infrastructure for shared work is built on cables, microprocessors, and screens along with corridors, meeting rooms, and blackboards How, if at all, does networked information technology affect group structures and interaction processes

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE