jbehar

Social collaboration research

In Uncategorized on February 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

I have been dong quite a bit of research lately on social collaboration (and it’s affliated concepts: crowdsourcing, collective action, etc.)  There is very little research yet which looks at digitial insteraction, but i have found two excellent presentations/whitepapers on social collaboration which are worthy of review.  First a a brief definition of social collaboration (Lifted from the whitepaper below):

Social collaboration is digitally enhanced collaboration expanding networked human activity in the social sphere across the retracted time and space of the globalized 21st century. And as social collaboration moves into the mainstream and flourishes over the coming years, we can expect to see a growing impact upon the way we work together in every sphere.

I found both of these reports very helpful. The first is more enterprise-centric.  It provides an excellent overview of the social computing technologies helping to shape social collaboration.

and the second is a very good whitepaper that summarizes the body of research on social collaboration, including the work of thoughtleaders such as like Clay Shirky and Dan Tapscott.

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