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Towards E-mail Prevalence in Media Repertoires: Evidence and Explanations for Knowledge Workers of a Public Organization

  • François de Corbière
  • François-Charles Wolff
  • Sophie Bretesché
  • Bénédicte Geffroy
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 129)

Abstract

E-mail is and remains widely used by knowledge workers in organizations. The objective of this paper is twofold. On the one hand, it aims at verifying e-mail is the most used medium by knowledge workers within their communication media repertoires. On the other hand, we try to understand which factors influence e-mail use. A public organization was selected to realize an in-depth case study with both quantitative and qualitative data. Quantitative analysis shows that e-mail is the preferred medium of knowledge workers to exchange documents and information. Moreover, individual characteristics poorly explain media use, and in particular e-mail use. Qualitative analysis of interviews with senior executives proposes organizational explanations of e-mail prevalence in this organization. Indeed in a moving, fuzzy and political organization, e-mail is preferred for several reasons that are advanced in this paper.

Keywords

media repertoires e-mail use individual factors organizational context case study 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • François de Corbière
    • 1
  • François-Charles Wolff
    • 2
  • Sophie Bretesché
    • 1
  • Bénédicte Geffroy
    • 1
  1. 1.Ecole des Mines de Nantes, LEMNANantesFrance
  2. 2.IEMN-IAE, LEMNANantesFrance

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