Working Together Apart

Working Together Apart

Collaboration over the Internet

Judy S. Olson, Gary Olson
ISBN: 9781608450503 | PDF ISBN: 9781608450510
Hardcover ISBN:9781681732381
Copyright © 2015 | 151 Pages | Publication Date: 11/01/2013

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Increasingly, teams are working together when they are not in the same location, even though there are many challenges to doing so successfully. Here we review the latest insights into these matters, guided by a framework that we have developed during two decades of research on this topic. This framework organizes a series of factors that we have found to differentiate between successful and unsuccessful distributed collaborations. We then review the kinds of technology options that are available today, focusing more on types of technologies rather than specific instances. We describe a database of geographically distributed projects we have studied and introduce the Collaboration Success Wizard, an online tool for assessing past, present, or planned distributed collaborations. We close with a set of recommendations for individuals, managers, and those higher in the organizations who wish to support distance work.

Table of Contents

The Changing Landscape
Types of Distributed Collaborations
What It Means to Be Successful
Overview of Factors that Lead to Success
The Nature of the Work
Common Ground
Collaboration Readiness
Organization and Management
Collaboration Technologies and Their Use
The Science of Collaboratories Database
The Collaboration Success Wizard
Summary and Recommendations
Author Biography

About the Author(s)

Judy S. Olson, University of California, Irvine

Gary Olson, University of California, Irvine


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