E-collaboration: New Productivity Tool for the 21st Century and Beyond
|Title:||E-collaboration: New Productivity Tool for the 21st Century and Beyond|
|Author(s):||Hossein Bidgoli, (California State University, Bakersfield)|
|Citation:||Hossein Bidgoli, (2012) "E-collaboration: New Productivity Tool for the 21st Century and Beyond", Business Strategy Series, Vol. 13 Iss: 4|
|Article type:||Technical paper|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
|Abstract:||Purpose - The purpose of this article is twofold. First be able to understand the technical capabilities of e-collaboration systems from their inception to the present time and their possible future capabilities. The study examined the capabilities of eleven such systems. Secondly to be able to understand the reasons for the popularity and widespread utilization of e-collaboration technologies by a large number of the organizations.|
Design/methodology/approach - We conducted literature review and also examined technical manuals and technical features of 11 leading collaboration platforms. Also we performed several hands-on with these collaboration tools. Selected users of these systems were also interviewed in order to find out their reactions toward the usability and functionality of these systems.
Findings - After careful review of the literature and analyzing the technical capabilities of eleven e-collaboration systems the finding of this study was the understanding of and the reasons for the popularity and widespread utilization of e-collaboration technologies by a wide variety of organizations. Another finding of this study was a clear understanding of different generations of e-collaboration technologies and the expected capabilities and features of the future generations of these systems.
Originality/value - This paper has significant value for the practitioners and those organizations that are either using e-collaboration technologies in their day-to-day operations or attempting to employ these tools in order to improve productively and competitiveness and achieving organizational efficiency and effectiveness.
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