Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusion

Academic journal article Library Technology Reports

Conclusion

Article excerpt

We do not see as much wide-scale adoption of group technology because the evolution of computers skipped the group user in some ways.

   Organizational inertia rather then direct opposition often stands
   in the way.... The computer revolution missed a step. When
   companies went from enterprise computing to individual computing,
   they jumped over the small-group level, where the preponderance of
   work takes place. The first computers, typified by the IBM 360
   behemoths of the 1960s, supported company-wide operations. The
   generation of computers that followed supported department
   organizations, eventually morphing into today's servers. In the
   1980s, personal computers boosted individuals' productivity. Then
   in the 1990s, the Internet and the Web connected these previously
   isolated individuals informally, boosting their productivity even
   more. (1)

At few points in the evolution of the computer did group users ever come into play. The small group, the working team, was forgotten in our quest for productivity, even though the team is where the work of an organization takes place. …

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