The study focused on participation and communication in virtual teams using representational avatars. The quantitative quasi-experimental study examined numerical measures associated with virtual teams and compare text-based teams and avatar-based teams. Data from a 2002 collaborative course conducted by Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and Uppsala University in Sweden used multiple-format virtual teams. Quantitative measures of participation, shared text, and surveys were archived from a 2002 trial. Results were examined with readability algorithms. Survey results were analyzed with statistical correlation tools. No significant differences were observed in measures of participation or correlations between text-based and avatar-based teams. The results showed that creative work was enhanced by avatar use, while efficiency was encouraged by text-only communication.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Management, Communication, Computer science|
|Keywords:||Avatars, Communication, Leadership, Management tools, Participation, Representational avatars, Virtual teams|
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