Gree or Disagree: Groupware is more trouble than it is worth for most organizations!

Groupware is software that was developed to support teams by providing team members with powerful and convenient ways to schedule their interactions, communicate with each other, and record and update group output. Another (less catchy) name for computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) is computer supported teamwork. Much of the early research in this area was focused on understanding the complex relationships between the social aspects of teamwork and the technical features of groupware and looking for ways to improve the quality both of the teamwork and the groupware. In more recent years, economists have begun to examine groupware and CSCW as well in the interest of determining efficient methods of organizing cooperative work and using groupware.

cs_ev/collab.php/2008/05/21/p281 (The Political Conundrum of Collaboration) This article explores the political pros and cons n making Groupware decisions. You should find this a relevant article in expressing your opinion as to whether groupware is worth the hassle”.

Gree or Disagree: Groupware is more trouble than it is worth for most organizations!

Groupware is software that was developed to support teams by providing team members with powerful and convenient ways to schedule their interactions, communicate with each other, and record and update group output. Another (less catchy) name for computer supported collaborative work (CSCW) is computer supported teamwork. Much of the early research in this area was focused on understanding the complex relationships between the social aspects of teamwork and the technical features of groupware and looking for ways to improve the quality both of the teamwork and the groupware. In more recent years, economists have begun to examine groupware and CSCW as well in the interest of determining efficient methods of organizing cooperative work and using groupware.

A good place to begin looking at the phenomenon of groupware is as usual, our friends at WikiPedia:

WikiPedia on Collaborative software (aka groupware): Groupware

Please also look through David Colemans Groupware The Changing Environment, a chapter from his book in which he discusses several illustrative cases of groupware deployment.

When you had a chance to read these sources and review other materials in or other sources that seem useful to you, please write a 3 page paper taking a stand one way or the other (and justifying it!) on the proposition:

Agree or Disagree: Groupware is more trouble than it is worth for most organizations!