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Mitigating the effects of distance on collaborative intellectual work

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  • Gary Olson
  • Judith Olson

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This paper reviews systematic research on collaborative work involving synchronous, or same-time, interactions, which comprise a major challenge for projects in which a distance of 30 metres or more separates participants. It identifies the specific advantages of close proximity, or 'radical co-location', in which participants share a common room or workspace. Reference to these advantages is used to assess the shortcomings of co-operative work support techniques including software and video conferencing. A variety of contexts in which distant collaboration is undertaken are examined in order to identify instances of success, as well as a range of specific problems related to cultural and time zone differences and the limitations of available of information and communication technologies for interpersonal communication. Prospects for future technologies to transcend these limitations are discussed.

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  • Gary Olson & Judith Olson, 2003. "Mitigating the effects of distance on collaborative intellectual work," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(1), pages 27-42.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:ecinnt:v:12:y:2003:i:1:p:27-42
    DOI: 10.1080/10438590303117
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    4. Mafini Dosso & Antonio Vezzani, 2020. "Firm market valuation and intellectual property assets," Industry and Innovation, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(7), pages 705-729, August.
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