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Measuring Collective Cognition in Online Collaboration Venues

International Journal of e-Collaboration, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 47-61, January-March 2011

21 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2010 Last revised: 10 Aug 2014

Paul Dwyer

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Abstract

By monitoring online conversations organizations can receive value from the intellectual activity of their most interested constituents as they engage in problem solving and ideation. However, since intergroup dynamics often hinders people from optimizing collaboration it should be measured and thereby monitored for quality. Current metrics assess collaborative value solely from the number of collaborators, assuming differences between individuals can be ignored. This study found that assumption to be wrongheaded by identifying three distinct collaborator segments who strongly differ in the timing of their participation and in the variety of ideas they introduce. Therefore, a new metric is proposed that takes into account the diverse value individuals add. This new measure is shown to be correlated with existing measures only in those infrequent situations when collaboration productivity is maximized.

Keywords: Electronic Commerce, Collective Cognition, E-Collaboration

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Dwyer, Paul, Measuring Collective Cognition in Online Collaboration Venues. International Journal of e-Collaboration, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 47-61, January-March 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1651833

Paul Dwyer (Contact Author)

Willamette University - Atkinson Graduate School of Management ( email )

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