How to get things done in social virtual reality : A study of team cohesion in social virtual reality–enabled teams
Torro, O., Holopainen, J., Jalo, H., Pirkkalainen, H., & Lähtevänoja, A. (2022). How to get things done in social virtual reality : A study of team cohesion in social virtual reality–enabled teams. In T. X. Bui (Ed.), Proceedings of the 55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2022) (pp. 470-479). University of Hawaii at Manoa. Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/79387
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Social virtual reality (SVR) enables teams to operate in a virtual environment that simulates and enhances real-world interactions. However, there is an absence of empirical analysis of how SVR can affect the performance of virtual teams. This paper documents how SVR affects the formation of team cohesion (i.e., task cohesion and social cohesion), which is a critical success factor for team performance. To address this gap in the research, we conducted a qualitative study by interviewing 20 members from virtual teams assigned to perform a challenging collaborative task in SVR. As a contribution, our study identifies five primary affordances and 11 sub-affordances for team cohesion in SVR. We also found that team cohesion actualization was limited in the use of SVR environments of our study. However, we conclude that hindrances to team cohesion formation in SVR can be mitigated by focusing on the further development of material properties of SVR.
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Parent publication ISBN978-0-9981331-5-7
ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Is part of publicationProceedings of the 55th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS 2022)
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Additional information about fundingThis research was co-funded by ECIU University project (612521-EPP-1-2019-1-NL-EPPKA2-EUR-UNIV), European Universities funding.
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