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Role Negotiation in Collaborative Projects

Role Negotiation in Collaborative Projects
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Author(s): Jonan Donaldson (Western Oregon University, USA)
Copyright: 2016
Pages: 17
Source title: Cultural, Behavioral, and Social Considerations in Electronic Collaboration
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ayse Kok (Bogazici University, Turkey) and Hyunkyung Lee (Yonsei University, South Korea)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9556-6.ch012


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The nature of the traditional approaches to collaborative group projects can often be characterized by hierarchy, clarity of roles, and assignment of tasks to participants. Digital-age collaborative projects are often characterized by impromptu and ill-defined organization, spontaneity, democratic decision-making, and continual morphing of roles. These two approaches are grounded in fundamentally different cultural frameworks. This chapter describes and analyzes an innovative collaborative process of role description, negotiation, adoption, and ongoing evolution through routine metacognitive processes which provides a structure by which to integrate positive aspects of traditional hierarchical approaches to collaborative projects and positive aspects of digital-age communication culture. This role negotiation process can clarify responsibilities and processes while nurturing the sense of personal agency and self-determination crucial to intrinsic motivation and engagement.

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