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Expectations and experiences of CSCW in an engineering environment.

Turner, Susan and Turner, Phil (1996) Expectations and experiences of CSCW in an engineering environment. Collaborative Computing, 1 (4). pp. 237-254. ISSN 1573-7551

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    Abstract/Description

    Existing organisational context and user expectations have a huge effect on the
    success of introducing CSCW technology, and should have a correspondingly strong
    influence on the choice and design of these tools. This paper first discusses
    organisational context and end-user expectations encountered in a large distributed
    engineering organisation planning to implement a CSCW pilot. It is demonstrated
    that while the organisational structure was apparently ripe for support with CSCW
    tools and tools existed which matched clearly expressed user requirements, potential
    users remained sceptical of their value. An account is then given of the pilot itself,
    where a range of collaborative technologies was implemented, of which the primary
    tool actually used was email. Reasons for this are discussed. While this organisation
    is, in the final analysis, unique, we hope that our conclusions will be of interest both
    to practitioners working in similar contexts and to CSCW researchers.

    Item Type: Article
    Print ISSN: 1573-7551
    Additional Information: paper presented at MARI Computer Systems, Old Town Hall, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
    Uncontrolled Keywords: CSCW technology; organisational context; end-user expectations;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 000 Computer science, information & general works > 000 Computer science, knowledge & systems > 004 Data processing & computer science
    Library of Congress Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Item ID: 3147
    Depositing User: Computing Research
    Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 15:57
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2013 13:33
    URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3147

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