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Making Online Collaboration Work by Transcending Gender Stereotypes: A Study of Two Mixed Gender Online Groups

This article presents a qualitative study of two online collaborative groups that successfully formed a group consciousness and that subsequently created work that was likely better than any one person in the group could have done. Thematic analysis of archived communications through memoing and coding revealed that the men and women in these mixed gender groups were able to collaborate successfully because they transcended cultural stereotypes of proper gender behavior. This conclusion was reached by a female and a male researcher who memoed and coded independently. Triangulation was provided by chat interviews. Cyberspace may have played a role in allowing these adults to transcend gender roles, or they may have been simply highly motivated. Whatever the reason, cyberspace may prove to be... Show More

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