Electronic meeting system experience at IBM

Douglas R. Vogel, Jay F. Nunamaker, William Benjamin Martz, Ronald Grohowski, Christopher McGoff

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Electronic meeting systems (EMS) have been introduced inside IBM in a cooperative effort between IBM and the University of Arizona to address the demands of an increasingly competitive and turbulent business environment. This paper presents and integrates the results of two field studies intended to evaluate the implications of electronic meeting system use at IBM. The first study focused on session process and outcome effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction at a single IBM site. The second study collected data on EMS tool use and facilitation approach within sessions at four IBM sites. The two studies are complementary in reflecting the impact of computer-based support on group process and outcome. Effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction are generally enhanced independent of type of activity supported or perspective, e.g., participant, facilitator, or session initiator. Facilitation training is a critical requirement for successful integration and application of electronic meeting system software and procedures in the group processes this paper addresses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-43
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Management Information Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1994


  • Decision rooms
  • Electronic meetings
  • Facilitation of electronic meetings
  • Group decision processes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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