Group Decision and Negotiation

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 819–845 | Cite as

A Study Towards Improving Web-Based Collaboration Through Availability of Group Awareness Information



Group awareness can be broadly defined as consciousness and information of various aspects of the group and its members. It also refers to information received by members of a group about the other group members, about mutually employed objects, and about current group processes, in order to efficiently carry out certain tasks. The group awareness information presented in this paper is designed to capture group member activities and their behaviors in web-based collaborative work. It consists of activity, availability, and commitment/disposition information. The first two parameters appear as a visual display representing cumulative data and changes accordingly when the group begins working together. The last parameter is captured during group work and is summarized at the end of the group work task. This paper reports on the results of a study in a controlled experiment that examined group performance on a given task in a web-based group decision support system with and without group awareness information. In particular, the study examined how group awareness information impacts the quality of the work effort and a given task, group decision making by members in the same group and different groups, the communications among group members during the completion of an online collaborative authoring task, the cohesiveness among group members, and the commitment/disposition of engagement of each member of the work group.


Web-based group decision support system Nominal group technique Group awareness information Activity information Availability information commitment/disposition information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Information Technology in BusinessSiam UniversityPhasicharoen, BangkokThailand
  2. 2.Computer Engineering Department, Graduate School of Information TechnologySiam UniversityBangkokThailand

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