Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Participation and communication in virtual teams using representational avatars
by Hammon, Virgil Arthur, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2007, 189; 3289587
Abstract (Summary)

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.

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School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 68/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Communication, Computer science
Keywords: Avatars, Communication, Leadership, Management tools, Participation, Representational avatars, Virtual teams
Publication Number: 3289587
ISBN: 978-0-549-32423-2
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