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Don't give up the community: a viewpoint of trust development in online collaboration

发布日期:2018-09-18 作者:作者:Cheng,Xusen[1];Nolan,Terry[2];Macaulay,Linda[3]

    Purpose This paper aims to examine the development of trust during online collaboration. The purpose of the inquiry is to improve the understanding of individual trust development in longitudinal online collaboration teams.
    Design/methodology/approach - The paper reveals the conclusion of a longitudinal online collaboration case study of two student cohorts over a two-year period, where each cohort is in their first year, based on a previous trust research model. However, the study is conducted in a new context through the implementation of online collaboration tools. Data is collected using longitudinal surveys and in-depth interviews.
    Findings - The paper demonstrates that trust development in different online collaboration groups does not follow a particular pattern in this case study. This development is characterised by fluctuation and complexity. Trust development does not attain the ideal state discussed in previous research and trust development is different within each team. The paper provides insight into the complexities of trust development in an online collaboration environment and information system understanding.
    Research limitations/implications - The paper demonstrates the findings regarding development features are context-specific and have not been subjected to testing for replication within other settings. The authors intend this for future research.
    Practical implications - The observations will help team leaders to understand changes in trust. It will also aid system developers and designers to consider trust development features in future system design for online collaboration environment and tools.
    Originality/value - The paper builds upon a previous trust development model but applies it to the context of online collaboration using student groups to analyse the findings over time.

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