Unintended consequences of emerging communication

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This digital document is a journal article from Computers in Human Behavior, published by Elsevier in 2005. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon. com Media Library


This digital document is a journal article from Computers in Human Behavior, published by Elsevier in 2005. The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon. com Media Library immediately after purchase. You can view it with any web browser.

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With increased global connectivity, managers are faced with new technologies and rapid organizational changes. For instance, organizations may adopt emerging technologies such as Instant Messaging in order to increase collaboration at a distance and to decrease communications costs. However, the impact and implications of these technologies for managers and employees often go far beyond the original intent of the technology designers. Consequently, in this study, instant messaging (IM) and its use in organizations were investigated through interviews with employees. Results suggest that critical mass represents an important factor for IM success in the workplace that IM symbolizes informality, and that IM is perceived to be much less rich than face-to-face communication. Further, results demonstrate that employees use IM not only as a replacement for other communication media but as an additional method for reaching others. With IM, employees engage in polychronic communication, view IM as privacy enhancing, and see its interruptive nature as unfair. The paper concludes by discussing research and practice implications for organizational psychologists.

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