Media richness theory argues that different media are more or less appropriate for different tasks. Social information processing theory (SIP) explains a motivation and method guiding such technology adoption. In light of these theories, and the field’s lack of understanding of media effects on group development, this article investigates the development of two important group process factors – cohesion development and process satisfaction – in two different studies of groups supported by electronic meeting systems. Results indicate that initial levels of cohesion and process satisfaction differ depending on the medium (and its inherent richness) and, consistent with SIP, cohesion and process satisfaction increase over time in all types of electronic support, despite relative differences in media richness.
Burke, K., Aytes, K. and Chidambaram, L. (2001), "Media effects on the development of cohesion and process satisfaction in computer‐supported workgroups ‐ An analysis of results from two longitudinal studies", Information Technology & People, Vol. 14 No. 2, pp. 122-141. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593840110397894Download as .RIS
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