The purpose of this paper was to develop a framework of working-together relations and investigate ways to enhance working-together relations among people, organisations, communities and neighbourhoods using working-together applications. Today, people in communities, neighbourhoods and constituencies often work together in a coalition of public, private and non-profit institutions. The technology used today has enabled new forms of communications and collaboration. The rapid growth of mobile technologies and interactive, collaborative applications based on Web technologies has enabled the development of new approaches to derive and share organisational and local knowledge. Not all of these applications have succeeded; after a certain time, users tend to stop using online applications that do not assist them in developing collaborative practices with their team members.
To better understand the essential characteristics of a successful online application that effectively supports people to work together, the authors undertook an inductive analysis of related literature and existing social media application.
By combining and categorising the findings, it was possible to articulate the characteristics associated with four identified categories of working-together relations: networking, coordination, cooperation and collaboration. The study also identified essential activities that are performed in each working-together category and the factors that enable successful working-together relations: trust, risk and rewards.
Future studies will look into how applications could be further enhanced, so that, for example, an application that is currently classified as “coordination” could be improved and the required characteristics of “collaboration” could be met.
It is expected that the framework derived will assist in the design of successful online applications to support different categories of working-together relations.
The main contribution of this study is a new framework that can now be used to identify how effective an existing application can be in assisting the working-together relations.
Abu Kashef, M., Ginige, A. and Hol, A. (2018), "Framework for enhancing online working-together relations", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 357-380. https://doi.org/10.1108/JICES-04-2018-0043Download as .RIS
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