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Classification of IS Functionalities for Workplace E-Collaboration

Classification of IS Functionalities for Workplace E-Collaboration
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Author(s): David Mayrhofer (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland) and Andrea Back (University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 5
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch054
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347


The interest in virtual teams, virtual communities, and collaboration is increasingly growing and technological improvements are providing enhanced web-based support for collaboration across time and space. Hence, a lot of tools with different functionalities are assigned to several existing categories and sold under the umbrella of e-collaboration.Within this paper the authors identify typical IS functionalities, build a classification to assign these functionalities, and categorize software tools to be found on the market.First, the state-of-the-art on functionalities and classifications for e-collaboration is presented and shortcomings are highlighted.Second, typical functionalities for e-collaboration are identified by analyzing existing literature as well as several software products, being sold under the label of e-collaboration.Third, a classification for the identified functionalities is developed, based on a meta model for business engineering as well as further literature on taxonomies and classifications.Finally, the paper closes with a summary, conclusion as well as some calls for further research.

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