Team Collaboration in Virtual Worlds: Introduction to the Special Issue

Imed Boughzala, Gert-Jan Vreede, Moez Limayem
2012 Journal of the AIS  
Boughzala et al. / Introduction to the Special Issue adoption, and user motivation, the expansion of theoretical perspectives concerning virtual worlds' communication and collaboration capabilities, and the expansion of leadership theories to explain and guide team performance in virtual worlds. The first paper, "Hype or help? A longitudinal field study of virtual world use for team collaboration" by Viswanath Venkatesh, lays an important foundation for discourse about the value of virtual
more » ... s for team collaboration. The author proposes a model that investigates the relationship between a team's disposition towards IT, their general disposition (i.e., personality), and their virtual world use in influencing team cohesion and performance. Results from a year-long comparative field study of two teams (one using traditional collaboration technologies, the other one using a virtual world) demonstrate that the use of the virtual world environment positively influences the relationship between technology use and team cohesion, which, in turn, predicts team performance. The author also finds that agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, openness, and computer self-efficacy interact with time and technology type to positively influence team technology use.
doi:10.17705/1jais.00314 fatcat:ysuqyohzwraf3b4q7mnvv6qkgq