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A Conceptual Model Toward a Flexible GSS Coordination Structure

A Conceptual Model Toward a Flexible GSS Coordination Structure
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Author(s): Youngjin Kim (Long Island University, USA) and Yongbeom Kim (Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA)
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 4
Source title: Challenges of Information Technology Management in the 21st Century
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-84-1.ch027

Abstract

Though many GSS research findings suggest the benefits of restricting group interaction to GSS-prescribed procedures and rules, called a coordination structure, these findings cannot be generalized for all situations of group interaction supports with GSS. There are also many studies that argue for a flexible coordination structure to overcome the negative effects of restrictive coordination. Flexibility in a coordination structure is more significant in supporting asynchronously interacting distributed groups because interacting is only through Computer-Mediated Communication Systems, and takes place anytime and anywhere. In this study, the concept of restricitveness of a coordination structure is reviewed, and a conceptual model is developed to describe how restrictiveness is determined, and affect group performance. The study recommends that a more flexible coordination structure be appropriate for asynchronously interacting distributed group.

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