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A Family of Invisible Friends: Cultivating a Sense of E-Community Among Virtual Work Teams

A Family of Invisible Friends: Cultivating a Sense of E-Community Among Virtual Work Teams
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Author(s): Ramon Visaiz (California State University Channel Islands, USA), Andrea M. Skinner (California State University Channel Islands, USA), Spencer Wolfe (California State University Channel Islands, USA), Megan Jones (California State University Channel Islands, USA), Ashley Van Ostrand (California State University Channel Islands, USA), Antonio Arredondo (California State University Channel Islands, USA) and J. Jacob Jenkins (California State University Channel Islands, USA)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 22
Source title: Handbook of Research on the Evolution of IT and the Rise of E-Society
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Maki Habib (The American University in Cairo, Egypt)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7214-5.ch004

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Abstract

E-communities (i.e., virtual communities that are established and interact primarily via the internet) are more significant than ever in today's modern workplace. Despite the potential advantages offered by e-communities, however, their formation and maintenance are often hindered by feelings of mistrust, unclear group processes, and limited technical expertise. This study analyzed nearly 2,500 survey responses from 600 students spanning 25 colleges/universities in order to develop practical implications for cultivating a sense of e-community among virtual work teams. Thematic results of our study revealed the significance of brand awareness, interpersonal facilitation, user-friendly design, fiscal barriers, and mobile accessibility. Based on these results, this study concludes with five corresponding implications for cultivating a sense of e-community in the modern workplace: increased integration, expanded physicality, supplemental training, financial entrée, and utilized flexibility.

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