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Title: The concept of activity as a basic unit of analysis for CSCW research
Authors: Kuutti, Kari
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
metadata.dc.relation.ispartof: ECSCW 1991: Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work
Series/Report no.: ECSCW
Abstract: esew research has had problems in selecting the basic structural and functional unit for the analysis of work. For convenient location of the computer support, some meaningful intermediate whole should be defined between the individual and the organization. The concepts of 'team' and 'group' are intuitively understandable, but somewhat weak for serious analysis. This paper suggests that the concept of 'activity' from Activity Theory could fill the gap, and compares the properties of the activity concept with the needs of esew research. A classification of work support types based on the concept of activity, is produced in order to demonstrate its potential usefulness.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12015/2570
ISBN: 978-94-011-3506-1
metadata.mci.conference.sessiontitle: Full Papers
metadata.mci.conference.location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
metadata.mci.conference.date: 24-27 September 1991
Appears in Collections:ECSCW 1991: Proceedings of the Second European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

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