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Working with tweets vs working with chats: an experiment on collaborative problem solving

Isari, Daniela and Pontiggia, Andrea and Virili, Francesco (2016) Working with tweets vs working with chats: an experiment on collaborative problem solving. Computers in Human Behavior, Vol. 58 , p. 130-140. ISSN 0747-5632. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.12.052

Abstract

This papers aims to explore how “working with tweets” differs from “working with chats”. With eight experimental sessions involving 120 Italian students, we investigate how the well known 140-characters limit and other subtle differences between Twitter and a typical instant messenger affect group problem solving performances. In our laboratory experiment, teams of the same size carry out a problem solving task communicating via Twitter or Skype instant messaging. Comparative group performance is measured in terms of successful task completion time. Our results show that the lower number and volume of text messages exchanged via Twitter does not negatively affect group performance: Twitter teams are just as effective as Skype instant messaging teams. These results can be interpreted in accordance with the latest developments in multiple media choice and virtual team effectiveness theories, disclosing interesting windows of opportunities for “working with tweets” in the forthcoming organizational settings.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:11268
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:Twitter, instant messaging, social network, message length, problem solving, experiment
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/10 Organizzazione aziendale
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01-a Nuovi Dipartimenti dal 2012 > Scienze economiche e aziendali
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0747-5632
Deposited On:18 Mar 2016 13:26

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