Oliver Yi Wang Advances to PhD Candidacy: The Nature of Research into Collaboration in Globally Distributed Teams: An Interdisciplinary Review

CRADL Lab member Oliver Yi Wang has successfully advanced to PhD Candidacy in the Informatics program. Congratulations, Oliver!

The Nature of Research into Collaboration in Globally Distributed Teams: An Interdisciplinary Review

Abstract:

This survey aims to characterize the interdisciplinary study of human collaboration in globally distributed teams. Literature on this topic spans many research areas including computer-supported cooperative work, economics, management, organizational behavior, and software engineering, among others. The key contribution of this review is to set forth a well-founded, unified taxonomy that categorizes the literature from different research domains. The taxonomy has two dimensions: primary research goals and ways of knowing. We scanned 17,302 recent published papers (since 01/2005-06/2013) in leading journals from 10 areas, and identified 199 of them to be related to globally distributed collaboration. We then applied our taxonomy to classify these 199 papers. In classifying the existing literature, we identified the opportunities and challenges for furthering the knowledge and application of research in globally distributed teams. Stemming from the review, one of our proposals is to apply Evolutionary Game Theory (EGT) to modeling human collaboration in globally distributed teams and we demonstrate ways of applying EGT with specific examples. Three specific research directions are proposed. In addition to classifying journal papers, we also classified 74 relevant papers (out of 859 reviewed) since 2010 in leading conferences since conference papers are generally considered as formal publication in computer and information sciences. This supplement is presented as an appendix.

Author: Benjamin Koehne

Benjamin Koehne is a Ph.D. Candidate in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine.