The Coordination and Collaboration Process within Committees in the Information Age
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF OPERATIONAL AND INFORMATION SCIENCES
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In todays information age teams reside in multi-participant problem solving processes that operate within both the physical and virtual environment Gibson Cohen, 2003. Teams in order to collaborate form their own space of constraints whether they act in the physical, the virtual environment or in both Bordetsky, 1996. Scholars have examined teams that operate in the physical space such as cliques by Poran Sabastien, 1998 and teams in general by Salas et. al., 1992 or in the virtual space Gibson Cohen, 2003 Yoo, 2001 and examined coordination and collaboration within committees using the majority rule Bordetsky, 1996 Miller Page, 2007. In addition, teams decomposition applies when complex problems arise e.g. swarm groups as proposed by Arquilla, J. Ronfeldt, D, 2000. Hence, a literature gap exists in addressing the dynamic, in terms of time, collaboration process that exists within committees with fluidic participation which operate in both the virtual and physical environment. In order to address this issue, the research design is presented which is divided into three mutual interdependent steps. As an initial step a theoretical System Dynamics model of collaboration is generated based on literature. The second step involves field experimentation which will be conducted within the Tactical Network Topology TNT experimentations to obtain the coordination process and the factors that affect coordination.
- Information Science
- Computer Systems