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Mapping the Need for Mobile Collaboration Technologies: A Fit Perspective

Mapping the Need for Mobile Collaboration Technologies: A Fit Perspective
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Author(s): Saonee Sarker (Washington State University, USA), Damon E. Campbell (Millsaps College, USA), Jan Ondrus (ESSEC Business School, France) and Joseph S. Valacich (Washington State University, USA)
Copyright: 2010
Volume: 6
Issue: 4
Pages: 22
Source title: International Journal of e-Collaboration (IJeC)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Jingyuan Zhao (University of Toronto, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/jec.2010100103

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Abstract

With the growing popularity of mobile technologies and the increasing use of groups within organizations, it is important to understand the collaboration contexts where mobile collaboration technologies (MCTs) are essential. This is especially critical given the high cost associated with the acquisition and implementation of MCTs and the need to make an informed decision regarding the appropriateness of MCTs. In this paper, the authors address this issue by first drawing on real life-based collaboration scenarios and examining the technology requirements of groups; second, comparing the features offered by MCTs with those of FTF and two types of CMCTs; third, proposing a collaboration environment-technology fit perspective in realizing optimal usage of a collaboration technology; and fourth, creating the Group Collaboration Technology Repertoire Grid, which maps the “ideal” collaboration technology(s) repertoire for each type of collaboration environment. The grid highlights the collaboration environments that would need MCTs and provides managers or organizational group leaders the ability to map their collaboration environments into a specific category and thus more easily decide on the particular collaboration technology repertoire that would be most beneficial.

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