Designing Boundary Objects for Virtual Collaboration by Marc Marheineke

By Marc Marheineke

Marc Marheineke explores the phenomenon of boundary items within the strategy of digital collaboration. digital collaboration is an interactive act that connects together and voluntarily participating contributors which are electronically associated and he examines those groups from various views. All groups are characterised via their target to conduce to shared knowing via a useful use of boundary gadgets. those gadgets are artefacts that serve or extra group individuals to set up collaboration. This booklet exhibits in a design-oriented approach how and while to take advantage of those boundary gadgets for digital collaboration.

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It showed the theoretical foundation of knowledge sharing relevant for (virtual) collaboration. Boundary objects are particularly interesting for knowledge sharing because they interconnect individuals from different knowledge domains, similarly to how the Skype app found its way into everyday collaboration by easily and instantly interconnecting members of a community. Moreover, boundary objects facilitate knowledge sharing across organizations. Boundary objects thus address knowledge boundaries that can hinder innovation.

Communication of the results is on-going with research papers and this thesis. , Kimble, Grenier, & Goglio-Primard, 2010). Scholarly work has also concentrated on further classifying boundary objects to strengthen their explanatory power (Nicolini, Mengis, & Swan, 2012). However, principles on the appropriate use based on the kind of boundary object are missing. Particularly, a ‘recipe’ for effective collaboration is missing in the field of virtual innovation communities, which lacks the most natural face-to-face collaboration.

These interests source from the diverse knowledge domains of two actors yet do not interfere with the general goal of voluntarily working together to pursue common interests in the community. However, overcoming pragmatic boundaries (sometimes also called political boundaries) requires adjusting individual interests for the sake of the community’s interest. This process of overcoming pragmatic boundaries is most complex, and requires a significant investment of efforts among involved actors. The difficulty of pragmatic boundaries comes from the costs of each actor to ‘give up’ some individual interests for the sake of community goals.

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