Constructing Shared Context for Temporary Teams in Virtual Worlds with Informal Interaction

Laura Kohonen-Aho, Sanna Tiilikainen

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Despite the growing importance of distributed work performed under time pressure, our knowledge about how temporary teams collaborating in virtual worlds construct shared context that enables their work is limited. Informal interaction is an essential but often overlooked feature in facilitating shared context, also in distributed teamwork. In our explorative, qualitative study, we examine engaging in informal interaction in a simulation of temporary and time constrained virtual world teamwork. Analyzing video recordings of student teams collaborating in Second Life, we find that teams engage in virtually embodied informal interaction for collecting information about each other, maintaining copresence, and transgression. Especially transgression helps teams construct shared context for their teamwork, but this can either facilitate or disrupt team performance, depending on the mutual interpretation of interactions by the team members. We suggest future research for facilitating teamwork in virtual worlds by evaluating and guiding the emerging shared contexts towards desired outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference for Information Systems
Place of PublicationSeoul, South Korea
PublisherAssociation for Information Systems
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Information Systems - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 10 Dec 201713 Dec 2017
Conference number: 38

Publication series

PublisherInternational Conference on Information Systems
ISSN (Print)1026-1079


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleICIS
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


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