The evolving influence of diversity and media in virtual organizations

Susan A. Brown, Sherry Thatcher, Yan Dang

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Abstract

Virtual organizations are important to enable collaboration and enhance interaction among a diverse set of people regardless of their temporal and spatial dispersion. Some research has assumed that communication media will mask traditional elements of diversity while other research suggests mediated teams simply pay attention to different cues. The relationships among the media, team member diversity (broadly defined) and outcomes have not been examined. This research in progress seeks to understand how various components of diversity enhance, inhibit, or are overcome in virtual organizations. The goal of this study is to understand how virtual organizations evolve over time, with a particular eye toward understanding the role of diversity in this process, thus enabling us to identify the conditions under which virtual organizations will be successful. Guided by social change, diversity, attribution, and media theories, we propose a theoretical framework with a set of research questions and hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Pages1091-1099
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
Event16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 - Lima, Peru
Duration: Aug 12 2010Aug 15 2010

Publication series

Name16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
Volume2

Other

Other16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010
CountryPeru
CityLima
Period8/12/108/15/10

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Keywords

  • Diversity
  • Media characteristics
  • Social and task outcomes
  • Social change process
  • Virtual organization collaboration
  • Virtual organization evolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

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Brown, S. A., Thatcher, S., & Dang, Y. (2010). The evolving influence of diversity and media in virtual organizations. In 16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010 (pp. 1091-1099). (16th Americas Conference on Information Systems 2010, AMCIS 2010; Vol. 2).