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Collaboration technology affordances from virtual collaboration in the time of COVID-19 and post-pandemic strategies

Alanah Mitchell (Information Management and Business Analytics, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, USA)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Article publication date: 9 July 2021

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to explore key collaboration technology affordances from virtual collaboration and remote work during the time of COVID-19. The purpose of this exploration is to improve the understanding of technology-supported collaboration in order to achieve individual and organizational success with the adoption, use and implementation of virtual collaboration in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.

Design/methodology/approach

Qualitative data is collected from 55 graduate students during a time of work transition due to COVID-19. This paper distills key collaboration technology affordances identified from participant feedback.

Findings

This paper identifies topics of virtual collaboration success as well as challenges related to organizational transitions during COVID-19. The findings from this work relate to four collaboration technology affordances including: (1) flexibility and productivity, (2) social connectedness and organizational culture, (3) technology support and (4) management and leadership. Additionally, this research provides insight into the complexities of virtual collaboration in these areas while also making recommendations for the post-pandemic future.

Originality/value

This research makes a contribution through the analysis of a unique set of data elaborating on participant experiences during a global pandemic as well as through the exploration of future implications.

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Citation

Mitchell, A. (2021), "Collaboration technology affordances from virtual collaboration in the time of COVID-19 and post-pandemic strategies", Information Technology & People, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITP-01-2021-0003

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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