Rethinking media richness: Towards a theory of media synchronicity

Alan R. Dennis, Joseph S Valacich

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Abstract

This paper describes a new theory called a theory of media synchronicity which proposes that a set of five media capabilities are important to group work, and that all tasks are composed of two fundamental communication processes (conveyance and convergence). Communication effectiveness is influenced by matching the media capabilities to the needs of the fundamental communication processes, not aggregate collections of these processes (i.e., tasks) as proposed by media richness theory. The theory also proposes that the relationships between communication processes and media capabilities will vary between established and newly formed groups, and will change over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
PublisherIEEE Comp Soc
Pages12
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32 - Maui, HI, USA
Duration: Jan 5 1999Jan 8 1999

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OtherProceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32
CityMaui, HI, USA
Period1/5/991/8/99

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  • Software
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Dennis, A. R., & Valacich, J. S. (1999). Rethinking media richness: Towards a theory of media synchronicity. In Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (pp. 12). IEEE Comp Soc.

Rethinking media richness : Towards a theory of media synchronicity. / Dennis, Alan R.; Valacich, Joseph S.

Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. IEEE Comp Soc, 1999. p. 12.

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

Dennis, AR & Valacich, JS 1999, Rethinking media richness: Towards a theory of media synchronicity. in Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. IEEE Comp Soc, pp. 12, Proceedings of the 1999 32nd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS-32, Maui, HI, USA, 1/5/99.
Dennis AR, Valacich JS. Rethinking media richness: Towards a theory of media synchronicity. In Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. IEEE Comp Soc. 1999. p. 12
Dennis, Alan R. ; Valacich, Joseph S. / Rethinking media richness : Towards a theory of media synchronicity. Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. IEEE Comp Soc, 1999. pp. 12
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