Telecooperation in decentralized organizations: conclusions based on empirical research
In the context of new organizational structures, telecooperation systems have become an essential component, facilitating the joint work of geographically distributed persons or groups. A survey of commercial usage of synchronous telecooperation systems was designed and carried out, in order to gain an insight into the state of, problems with and prospects for use of these systems, enabling one to draw conclusions about the steps required toward a fuller exploitation of their potential. The fundamental conclusion which can be drawn from this survey is that the potential of telecooperation systems can only be fully realized if their use is accompanied by corresponding restructuring measures. This applies in particular to the promotion of group work and the decentralization of organizations.