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Cooperative Work and Coordinative Practices

Contributions to the Conceptual Foundations of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW)

  • Brings together both classic and less well known articles on the phenomena of cooperative work and coordinative practices

  • Provides critical elements of the conceptual foundation of CSCW

  • Includes research carried out in a number of European institutions


Part of the Computer Supported Cooperative Work book series (CSCW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Progress Report

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Surveying the Connections

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 93-131
    3. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 133-148
    4. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 157-166
    5. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 201-251
  4. CSCW Reconsidered

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 255-357
    3. Kjeld Schmidt
      Pages 359-389
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 415-472

About this book


The development of computing technologies have from the very beginning been tightly interwoven with the development of cooperative work, but over the last couple of decades, computing technologies are increasingly being developed and used for coordinative purposes, as a means of regulating complex activities involving multiple professional actors, in factories and hospitals, in pharmaceutical laboratories and architectural offices, and so on. The economic importance of the applications of these coordination technologies is enormous but their design often inadequate. The problem is that our understanding of the coordinative practices, for which these coordination technologies are being developed, is quite deficient, leaving systems designers and software engineers to base their system designs on rudimentary technologies. The research reflected in this book addresses these very problems. The book contains a series of articles that has played an important role in establishing the conceptual foundations of the research area of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW). These articles are complemented by four new chapters in which CSCW’s research program is subjected to critical examination and clarification.


CSCW collaboration fieldwork work organisation workflow systems

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. OrganizationCopenhagen Business SchoolFrederiksbergDenmark

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From the reviews:

“A book dealing with the history of CSCW and technological development … . This is a valuable and informative piece of work. … this book contributes with a number of very interesting and thought-provoking discussions that force the reader to reflect and examine one’s own position. … I very much appreciate the extensive work that Schmidt has done on collaborative work, both empirically and theoretically, which I find fundamental and a must-read to researchers in the CSCW area.” (Maria Normark, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Vol. 21, 2012)