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Asynchronous Technologies in Small Face‐to‐Face Groups

M. Lynne Markus (John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management, University of California, Los Angeles, California 90024–1481)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 1 January 1992



Identifies a set of expectations about information technology (IT) adoption and usage in work groups, based on prior theory. Describes a longitudinal study on the adoption and usage of asynchronous technologies in small face‐to‐face groups. Compares observations with expectations. Concludes that expectations were generally supported except in one case, where file transfer was used synchronously to support face‐to‐face interaction. Observed one use of asynchronous technology to maintain social distance because of poor relationships. Discusses the implications of the findings. Offers possible areas of future research.



Lynne Markus, M. (1992), "Asynchronous Technologies in Small Face‐to‐Face Groups", Information Technology & People, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 29-48.




Copyright © 1992, MCB UP Limited

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