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Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'05) - Track 1
Big Island, Hawaii
January 03-January 06
ISBN: 0-7695-2268-8
Marilyn Tremaine, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
Aleksandra Sarcevic, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, NJ
Dezhi Wu, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ
Maria C. Velez, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, NJ
Bogdan Dorohonceanu, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, NJ
Allan Krebs, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, NJ
Ivan Marsic, Rutgers, The State University, Piscataway, NJ
Because today's workforce is highly mobile, small wireless devices are being used to support mobile work collaboration. However, do computer platform differences affect such collaborations? This question is investigated through a controlled experiment that examines collaborative problem solving on different combinations of small and large computers. Experiment participants in the study work together on solving 2- and 3-dimensional variations of the popular Tetris™ game. Gender is used as a moderating variable to ascertain if prior observed effects on groups of males would be found among females. The findings indicate that platform differences affect communication and social behavior among both groups. Unexpectedly, collaboration amongst partners using small handhelds was the most cooperative and friendly because of the difficulty of solving the problem with the small device.
Citation:
Marilyn Tremaine, Aleksandra Sarcevic, Dezhi Wu, Maria C. Velez, Bogdan Dorohonceanu, Allan Krebs, Ivan Marsic, "Size Does Matter in Computer Collaboration: Heterogeneous Platform Effects on Human-Human Interaction," hicss, vol. 1, pp.33b, Proceedings of the 38th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'05) - Track 1, 2005
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