Conversational Coherence in Instant Messaging and Getting Work Done

  title={Conversational Coherence in Instant Messaging and Getting Work Done},
  author={Stephanie L. Woerner and JoAnne Yates and Wanda J. Orlikowski},
  journal={2007 40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'07)},
This paper explores the critical role conversational coherence plays in facilitating the ongoing, distributed work of one virtual team as they engage in instant messaging (IM) conversations to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate. In studying the IM conversations of team members over the course of a month, a number of challenges to coherence emerged as they communicated with each other and worked together. These challenges include two previously identified challenges - lack of simultaneous… CONTINUE READING