'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups: Is there a downside to being collocated?

Nathan Bos, Judith S. Olson, Ning Nan, N. Sadat Shami, Susannah Hoch, Erik Johnston

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Abstract

Under what circumstances might a group member be better off as a long-distance participant rather than collocated? We ran a set of experiments to study how partially-distributed groups collaborate when skill sets are unequally distributed. Partially distributed groups are those where some collaborators work together in the same space (collocated) and some work remotely using computer-mediated communications. Previous experiments had shown that these groups tend to form semi-autonomous 'in-groups'. In this set of experiments the configuration was changed so that some player skills were located only in the collocated space, and some were located only remotely, creating local surplus of some skills and local scarcity of others in the collocated room. Players whose skills were locally in surplus performed significantly worse. They experienced 'collocation blindness' and failed to pay enough attention to collaborators outside of the room. In contrast, the remote players whose skills were scarce inside the collocated room did particularly well because they charged a high price for their skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings
Pages1313-1321
Number of pages9
Volume2
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventCHI 2006: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Apr 22 2006Apr 27 2006

Other

OtherCHI 2006: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryCanada
CityMontreal, QC
Period4/22/064/27/06

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Keywords

  • Co-location
  • Collaboration networks
  • Collocation
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Distributed work
  • Telecommuting
  • Telework
  • Virtual teams

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  • Computer Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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Bos, N., Olson, J. S., Nan, N., Shami, N. S., Hoch, S., & Johnston, E. (2006). 'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups: Is there a downside to being collocated? In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings (Vol. 2, pp. 1313-1321)

'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups : Is there a downside to being collocated? / Bos, Nathan; Olson, Judith S.; Nan, Ning; Shami, N. Sadat; Hoch, Susannah; Johnston, Erik.

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2 2006. p. 1313-1321.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Bos, N, Olson, JS, Nan, N, Shami, NS, Hoch, S & Johnston, E 2006, 'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups: Is there a downside to being collocated? in Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. vol. 2, pp. 1313-1321, CHI 2006: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Montreal, QC, Canada, 4/22/06.
Bos N, Olson JS, Nan N, Shami NS, Hoch S, Johnston E. 'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups: Is there a downside to being collocated? In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2. 2006. p. 1313-1321
Bos, Nathan ; Olson, Judith S. ; Nan, Ning ; Shami, N. Sadat ; Hoch, Susannah ; Johnston, Erik. / 'Collocation blindness' in partially distributed groups : Is there a downside to being collocated?. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Vol. 2 2006. pp. 1313-1321
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