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GSS for multi-organizational collaboration: Reflections on process and content

Ackermann, F. and Franco, L.A. and Gallupe, B. and Parent, M. (2005) GSS for multi-organizational collaboration: Reflections on process and content. Group Decision and Negotiation, 14 (4). pp. 307-331. ISSN 0926-2644

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Multi-organizational collaboration has become the norm for modern organizations as they seek to survive and prosper in increasingly turbulent times. These collaborations can take many forms, but face problems due to different management styles, different cultures, and different operating modes of the participant organizations. These differences usually cause difficulties for the multi-organizational teams that are set up to make the collaboration operational. Group Support Systems (GSSs) is one possible way of supporting these multi-organization collaboration teams (MCTs). This paper builds and describes a conceptual framework that highlights the critical characteristics of these teams and how GSS might support their activities. The framework is based on a detailed analysis of three case studies using three different GSSs.