Michaela Meinert

Lunchtime Seminar - How Much Collaboration? Balancing the Needs for Collaborative and Uninterrupted Work

Tuesday, 17. July 2018 - 12:00 to Sunday, 1. August 2021 - 8:53, Leonardo-Campus 18

Speaker:   Simon Lansmann

Abstract:   The proliferation of collaboration platforms in organisations has benefits for knowledge workers in terms of access to knowledge and social resources. However, negative effects, specifically collaborative overload, have only recently been acknowledged and are still rarely considered by companies. Collaborative overload is a multi-faceted construct, which covers downsides, unintended or side-effects of collaboration platforms and their organisational use. In this talk, the phenomenon is introduced and explored. Based on a narrative literature review, we contextualise collaborative overload, propose an agenda for future research and derive an initial research framework to clarify and delineate collaborative overload. With this twofold contribution, we aim to provide a frame of reference for the discourse about this important syndrome of modern workplaces.

Short Bio:   Simon Lansmann is a research assistant and PhD student at the Chair for Information Systems and Interorganisational Systems. Before this, he studied Information Systems (Bachelor and Master of Science) at the University of Münster. His current work is focused on the organisational use of communication and collaboration systems, specifically possible negative effects.