SpringerBriefs in Digital Spaces

Activating the Tools of Social Media for Innovative Collaboration in the Enterprise

Authors: Majchrzak, A., Fife, E., Min, Q., Pereira, F.

  • Presents a cross-cultural analysis of innovative collaboration challenges in Chinese and US corporate contexts
  • Provides detailed case studies of wiki "challenges" that highlight many of the requirements for true collaboration
  • Includes state of the art, real world guidelines for the introduction and use of enterprise wikis
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About this book

The use of social media tools in the enterprise is expanding rapidly and yet, firms are still unclear about the overall value of this activity and how best to facilitate useful outcomes. The focus of this book is, from a managerial standpoint, the control of information, the extent to which such tools can enhance employee satisfaction and how best to use social media tools to attain specific outcomes including innovative collaboration. As companies turn to IT solutions as substitutes for face-to-face engagements, an understanding of the social dynamics – how employees can best communicate, find and use information and generate motivation through computer-mediated activities is fundamental. Lingering questions relate to the strategic use of these tools; many large companies are using Facebook-like applications due to employee demand, but are not studying outcomes comprehensively or managing processes to create desired outcomes. This book fills this knowledge gap through examining the process and results of a controlled study in two companies, one in the US and the other in China. In each company “wiki challenges” were introduced to employees who were provided guidelines to produce goal-oriented outcomes. The book examine the results in each case and suggest guidelines for firms to achieve “wiki-readiness” to support innovation and co-creation.

About the authors

Ann Majchrzak is Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Ann studies how information systems can support worker agility and ingenuity in collaborative settings. She has investigated information systems support for distributed teams, knowledge-sharing and creation, and corporate wiki use. Elizabeth Fife is Associate Director of Industry Studies at the Institute for Communications Technology Management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Dr. Fife studies user behaviour and adoption of IT and mobile technologies and devices, development and ICTs, and telecommunications industry trends. Qingfei Min is Associate Professor and Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Management and Economics at Dalian University of Technology in China. Qingfei studies IT/IS implementation and adoption in organizations, e-commerce/m-commerce adoption and strategies, global virtual team management, and IT/IS outsourcing. Francis Pereira is currently Adjunct Professor in the Information & Operations Department, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. His research has focused on key business issues in the information-communication industry, particularly telehealth, business models in the new multimedia environment and the effects of emerging technologies on these business models.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Introduction: Background Literature Review

    Majchrzak, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 1-7

  • Field Research Methods

    Majchrzak, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 9-15

  • Findings

    Majchrzak, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 17-22

  • Tools for Use of Social Media for Collaborative Innovation

    Majchrzak, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 23-24

  • Contributions

    Majchrzak, Ann (et al.)

    Pages 25-26

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03230-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $54.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-03229-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Activating the Tools of Social Media for Innovative Collaboration in the Enterprise
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Digital Spaces
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-03230-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-03230-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03229-0
Series ISSN
2193-5890
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 26
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
Topics