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Managing work at several places: a case of project work in a nomadic group of students
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Human - Computer Interaction, MDI.
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of ECCE 2007, the European Conference of Cognitive Ergonomics, 2007, 45-52 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Motivation -- This paper explores the collaborative and spatial practices of university students engaged in project work. Regarding students as nomadic workers, we attempt to elucidate how their activities are shaped by the lack of a stable and fixed location where work can be carried out.

Research approach -- The data presented in this paper were collected by means of ethnographically-informed methods.

Findings/Design -- The results elucidate how students manage their collaborative activities at different locations and how they use artifacts and technology in order to do so.

Research limitations/Implications -- Only Swedish students participated in the field study discussed in this paper. Cultural attributes, related to privacy for instance, might contribute to the distinction between private and public places.

Originality/Value -- This work highlights the relationships between group activities and the places they are bound to, with a main focus on how these relationships are mediated by technological artifacts.

Take away message -- The nomadic work described suggests that design efforts should be oriented towards an integration of different applications and/or technological devices.

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2007. 45-52 p.
Keyword [en]
collaborative work, design process, field studies, nomadicity, space place
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-60754DOI: 10.1145/1362550.1362562ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954439983OAI: diva2:477861
25th Anniversary Conference of the European Association for Cognitive Ergonomics, EACE. London. 28 August 2007 - 31 August 2007
QC 20120126Available from: 2012-01-13 Created: 2012-01-13 Last updated: 2012-01-26Bibliographically approved

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