Situational Awareness Support to Enhance Teamwork in Collaborative Working Environments


Kulyk, O. and Dijk, E.M.A.G. van and Vet, P.E. van der and Nijholt, A. and Veer, G.C. van der (2009) Situational Awareness Support to Enhance Teamwork in Collaborative Working Environments. In: B. Whitworth & A. de Moor (Eds.), Handbook of research on Socio-Technical Design and Social Networking Systems. Information Science Reference, PA, USA, pp. 635-649. ISBN 9781605662640 (In Press)

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Abstract:This chapter addresses awareness support to enhance teamwork in co-located collaborative environments. In particular, we focus on the concept of situational awareness which is essential for successful team collaboration. Mutual situational awareness leads to informal social interactions, development of shared working cultures which are essential aspects of maintaining working relationships. First, an overview of the studies on team coordination and situational awareness support is presented. Second, a collaborative working environment is described for scientific teams in a molecular biology omics experimentation domain. Then, the results of practical case studies are discussed, as well as situational awareness support for scientific teams in collaborative environments. Finally, we discuss practical challenges in design and evaluation of group support systems for collaborative working environments and our multi-level analysis approach. The chapter gives new insights into how shared displays support group awareness, and how to design and evaluate interactive systems and visualisations that afford awareness in order to stimulate existing and new forms of collaboration in advanced working environments.
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