Why do we need to share information? Analysis of collaborative task management meetings

Nozomi Ikeya, Norihisa Awamur, Shinichiro Sakai

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In order to study collaborative information behaviour (e.g. information search, creation, and sharing) in the work environment, it is important that we take into consideration its embedded nature in collaborative work, however not many studies have actually taken this into consideration. In conducting fieldwork, we studied group task management in the work of IT product hardware designers. The study shows how understanding the details of information activities embedded in task management allowed us to generate some ideas for transforming task management into a more collaborative activity, and for reembedding task management more thoroughly into their work practices together with the practitioners. The paper discusses how taking an ethnomethodological approach can be fruitful for researchers who want to gain a close understanding of actual collaborative information activities and their embedded nature in work, and how understandings of this kind can be important for developing ideas for transforming practice, both with or without the introduction of technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Information Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationUser Engagement and Communication Sharing
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9781615207978
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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