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Saturday, 22 June 2013

"A Comparative Study of the Effect of Blogs and Email on Virtual Team P" by Robert Bastida, Hritik Gupta et al.


PACIS 2013 Proceedings

 

Abstract

Virtual Teams (VTs) offer great advantages but have different challenges compared with co-located teams. This study explores using blogs and email to see if improvements can be made to virtual team effectiveness. This preliminary study is qualitative in nature and uses a quasi-experiment to compare 2 teams performing the same project; one uses email while the other uses a blog tool. Once the project was complete the participants filled out a Q-sort and a short survey. Additional analysis of the artefacts generated by the experiments also form part of the result set. The key benefits of using the blog were hoped to be; increase team trust, increase team performance and output, increase team satisfaction and realise a communication tool that could be used in a virtual team environment. The main findings were; the qualities of the output deliverable from both teams were nearly the same; those using the blog reported ‘having a sense of fun’ and ‘individual satisfaction’, while the email team reported ‘the current status of the project was easily viewed’.

"A Comparative Study of the Effect of Blogs and Email on Virtual Team P" by Robert Bastida, Hritik Gupta et al.

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