19. groupware

EXERCISE 19.14 [extra - not in book]

How far does groupware facilitate home working? What factors are likely to influence the acceptability of this mode of working?

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The main obstacles are social and managerial - the technology is available for distributed groupware systems. Problems arise from the 'invisibility' of the worker - the assumption may be that a worker who is not present is not working. Also the worker may be overlooked in promotion because of lack of physical presence. Workers may feel that they miss out on the social element of attending a work place. Some groupware systems, e.g. video-based, counter this by facilitating a sense of engagement and active social participation. The advantages of home working are economic and ecological. Economic: trained staff are not lost when family commitments require them to be at home; office space is not required. Child care requirements are reduced. Ecological: travel is reduced with beneficial environmental consequences; less power is required to maintain large office complexes (but more may be required at home). Answer should weigh these issues to reach a conclusion.

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ex.19.1 (ans), ex.19.2 (ans), ex.19.3 (tut), ex.19.4 (tut), ex.19.5 (tut), ex.19.6 (tut), ex.19.7 (tut), ex.19.8 (tut), ex.19.9 (tut), ex.19.10 (tut), ex.19.11 (tut), ex.19.12 (tut), ex.19.13 (tut), ex.19.14 (tut), ex.19.15 (tut), ex.19.16 (tut), ex.19.17 (tut), ex.19.18 (tut), ex.19.19 (tut), ex.19.20 (tut)

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