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Challenges to Collaborative Tool Adoption in a Manufacturing Engineering Setting: A Case Study

Published

Author(s)

T A. Finholt, E E. Wierba, Michelle P. Steves

Abstract

This study examined a collaborative tool intervention within a geographically-distributed, engineering-design team in a large manufacturing company. Baseline data collection to determine user requirements was followed by deployment of collaborative tools and subsequent data collection to assess the impact of the collaborative tools on team processes. A small proportion (1/3) of the team adopted the introduced collaborative tools, and that tool use had a positive impact on collaborative work. Findings from this study suggest that collaborative tools must be clearly superior to existing practices to merit the effort of deployment, adoption, and subsequent use, since the burden of learning and mastering a new tool in a corporate environment may not outweigh the perceived benefits.
Proceedings Title
Proceeding of HICSS-35, IEEE Press.
Conference Dates
January 7-12, 2002
Conference Location
Big Island, HI, USA

Keywords

collaboration technologies, collaborative tool adoption, CSCW, NetMeeting

Citation

Finholt, T. , Wierba, E. and Steves, M. (2002), Challenges to Collaborative Tool Adoption in a Manufacturing Engineering Setting: A Case Study, Proceeding of HICSS-35, IEEE Press., Big Island, HI, USA, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=821620 (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created December 31, 2001, Updated October 12, 2021