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What is Collaboration?
A joint effort by two or more individuals towards the completion of an endeavor
What are Collaborative Technologies?
Technologies that support collaborative efforts. These technologies are often used to support virtual teams
Work Group
A group that interacts primarily to share information and to make decisions to help each group member perform within his or her area of responsibility.
Work Team
A group whose individual efforts result in a performance that is greater than the sum of the individual inputs
Why have Teams become so Popular?
-Teams typically outperform individuals.
-Teams use employee talents better.
-Teams are more flexible and responsive to changes in the environment.
-Teams facilitate employee involvement.
-Teams are an effective way to democratize an organization and increase motivation.
Modes of Working with Teams
Same Place, Same Time:
Traditional face-to-face meeting with or without technology
Blackboards, Flip charts, Overheads, PPT slides, Electronic whiteboard
Same Place, Different Time
Team members using technology
Bulletin board, Web pages, Shared folders, Memos, Displays
Modes of Working with Teams
Different Place, Same Time 
Participants join scheduled synchronous meetings with help of technology
Telephone conferences, Video conferences, Online chat, Instant message, Fax

Different Place, Different Time
Team members communicate asynchronously using technology
E-bulletin boards, Voice mail, Email, Web pages, Listserve, Pagers, Fax
What is a Virtual Team?
A team that uses computer technology to tie together physically or temporally dispersed members in order to achieve a common goal. Virtual teams can be:

Collocated Asynchronous
Dispersed Synchronous
Dispersed Asynchronous
Technologies that Support Asynchronous Teams
Voice Mail
Fast, easy
Message includes emotion, tone & inflection
No visual cues
Easy, ubiquitous
Can send a message to 1 or 100
Minimal emotion / tone transmitted
Can include attachments
Technologies that Support Asynchronous Teams
Allows users to create a group of recipients and easily email many teammates at once
Minimal emotion / tone transmitted
Can include attachments

E-bulletin Boards
All teammates can post messages on-line
Posting visible to everyone until deleted
Technologies that Support Asynchronous Teams
Web Pages
Members can download large files, software
Broadcast technology, only a few can modify content

Shared Folders
Members can transmit files too big for attachments
All team members can add files
Version management can become an issue
Collaboration software
applications that combine features that support collaboration. Features may include:
Messaging technologies
Electronic calendars
File management and archiving capabilities
Workflow applications
Information management applications
Can also support synchronous teams
Examples include: Lotus Notes, MS Sharepoint & Egroups-Yahoo