The blurring boundaries between synchronicity and asynchronicity:new communicative situations in work-related Instant Messaging


Instant messaging is one of the most popular communication technologies in virtual teams, enabling interactions to intertwine whole working days, thus creating the sense of copresence for team members who are geographically dispersed. Through close linguistic analyses of naturally occurring data from a virtual team, this article discusses the implications of two novel communicative situations enabled by instant messaging: presence information and the persistence of transcript. The preliminary findings of this study indicate that these new communicative situations require the flouting or rethinking of previously existing interactional norms and that communicative practices employed by the team members are not yet conventionalized/normalized, the expectations and interpretations of interactional rituals and timing vary highly, even within the same virtual team.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer-mediated discourse,Instant Messaging,communication in virtual teams,interactional norms,chronemic cues
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Related URLs: http://job.sage ... ontent/51/4/337 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2014-10
Published Online Date: 2014-04-11
Authors: Darics, Erika (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-2216-6592)



Version: Accepted Version

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