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The interdisciplinary study of coordination
This survey characterizes an emerging research area, sometimes called coordination theory, that focuses on the interdisciplinary study of coordination. Research in this area uses and extends ideas…
A Coordination Theory Approach to Organizational Process Design
- Kevin Crowston
- Computer Science
- 1 April 1997
In this paper, coordination theory is used to analyze the software change process of a large mini-computer manufacturer and illustrates the potential of coordination theory for exploring the space of organizational processes.
What is coordination theory and how can it help design cooperative work systems?
This paper describes one possible perspective—the interdisciplinary study of coordination—that focuses, in part, on how people work together now and how they might do so differently with new information technologies and proposes tentative definitions of coordination and analyzing its components in more detail.
The social structure of free and open source software development
It is suggested that FLOSS projects might have to work hard to achieve the expected development advantages which have been assumed to flow from "going open", and the variation in communications structure across projects means that communications centralization is useful for comparisons between FLOSS teams.
Reproduced and emergent genres of communication on the World-Wide Web
It is suggested that Web site designers consider the genres that are appropriate for their situation and attempt to reuse familiar genres, as well as examining randomly selected Web pages and categorizing the type of genre represented.
From Conservation to Crowdsourcing: A Typology of Citizen Science
By examining a variety of project characteristics, this work identified five types-Action, Conservation, Investigation, Virtual, and Education- that differ in primary project goals and the importance of physical environment to participation.
Tools for inventing organizations: toward a handbook of organizational processes
- T. Malone, Kevin Crowston, Jintae Lee, B. Pentland
- Computer Science Proceedings Second Workshop on Enabling…
- 20 April 1993
A key element of the work is a novel approach to representing processes at various levels of abstraction which allows users to explicity represent the similarities (and differences) among related processes and to easily find or generate sensible alternatives for how a given process could be performed.
Information systems success in free and open source software development: theory and measures
This article reconsider what success means within a FLOSS context, and draws on a theoretical model of group effectiveness in the FLOSS development process, as well as an on-line discussion with developers, to present additional concepts that are central to an appropriate understanding of success for FLOSS.
Free/Libre open-source software development: What we know and what we do not know
This work develops a framework for organizing the literature based on the input-mediator-output-input (IMOI) model from the small groups literature, and suggests topics for future research.
Organizing Business Knowledge: The MIT Process Handbook
The MIT Process Handbook presents the key findings of a multidisciplinary research group at MIT's Sloan School of Management that has worked for over a decade to lay the foundation for just such a comprehensive system of organizing and sharing business knowledge by focusing on the process itself.