Collaboration Engineering: Reflections on 15 Years of Research & Practice

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2018-01-03
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de Vreede, Gert-Jan
Briggs, Robert
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Collaboration Engineering (CE) is an approach for the design and deployment of repeatable collaborative work practices that can be executed by practitioners without the ongoing support of external collaboration professionals. Research on CE started in the early 2000s with studies on ways to transfer professional collaboration expertise to novices using a pattern language called thinkLets. Subsequent research focused the development of theories to explain key phenomena, the development of a structured design methodology, training methods, technology support, design theories, and various field and experimental studies focusing on specific aspects of the CE approach. This paper provides an overview of the different phases and key contributions of CE research and looks ahead at the research opportunities that are emerging as our society, organizations, technologies, and the nature of collaboration evolve.
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Processes and Technologies for Small and Large Team Collaboration, collaboration, collaboration engineering, facilitation, thinkLets
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