ERIC Number: ED162615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Group Communication Through Computers. Volume 5: Effects on Working Patterns. Final Report.
Johansen, Robert; And Others
This project funded by a grant from the Research Applied to National Needs Division of the National Science Foundation explored the measurable or potential effects of computer conference usage on the productivity of energy research groups. The timeliness of their work and the high level of their communication needs made this an appropriate group for the study, and the usage of computer conferencing by 14 selected groups ranging in size from six to 32 members was tracked for a period of about 15 months. This report includes (1) a summary of the relevant literature on research productivity, an approach to measuring research productivity by tracking changes in working patterns, and an explanation of the general research design; (2) identification of three major styles of usage adopted by the groups--the exchange, the community, and the seminar; (3) delineation of working patterns; (4) documentation of factors affecting the success or failure of a computer conference and guidelines to assist future conference organizers; and (5) a discussion of both the regulatory and organizational policy issues which are suggested by the results of the project. Appendices contain instrumental tools used and documentation supporting the findings. (Author/RAO)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Future, Menlo Park, CA.
Note: For related documents, see ED 110 012-013 and IR 006 221-223