Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites

Support for media synchronicity theory

Dorrie DeLuca, Joseph S Valacich

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Abstract

As geographic, temporal, and cost constraints move organizations toward virtual teamwork for increasingly complex tasks, research on the impact of groups attempting to solve business problems without face-to-face communication becomes more critical. In two independent studies in two different organizations, virtual groups provided feedback related to choice of communications media. The results of the studies lend support to Media Synchronicity Theory which suggests that communications media with low synchronicity (e.g. e-mail, bulletin board) may be appropriate for "conveyance" of information, whereas media with high synchronicity (e.g. face-to-face, video conference) may be more desirable for "convergence" on shared meaning. For researchers. Media Synchronicity Theory provides an alternative explanation for the variety of studies both supporting and contradicting Media Richness and Social Presence theories. For practitioners, the results suggest an approach to communications media choices that may improve the effectiveness of team problem solving.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsR.H. Spraque, Jr.
Pages50
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Big Island, HI, United States
Duration: Jan 3 2005Jan 6 2005

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Other38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
CountryUnited States
CityBig Island, HI
Period1/3/051/6/05

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DeLuca, D., & Valacich, J. S. (2005). Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites: Support for media synchronicity theory. In R. H. Spraque, Jr. (Ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 50)

Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites : Support for media synchronicity theory. / DeLuca, Dorrie; Valacich, Joseph S.

Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. ed. / R.H. Spraque, Jr. 2005. p. 50.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

DeLuca, D & Valacich, JS 2005, Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites: Support for media synchronicity theory. in RH Spraque, Jr. (ed.), Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. pp. 50, 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Big Island, HI, United States, 1/3/05.
DeLuca D, Valacich JS. Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites: Support for media synchronicity theory. In Spraque, Jr. RH, editor, Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. 2005. p. 50
DeLuca, Dorrie ; Valacich, Joseph S. / Outcomes from conduct of virtual teams at two sites : Support for media synchronicity theory. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. editor / R.H. Spraque, Jr. 2005. pp. 50
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