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Anchored Discussion: Development of a Tool for Creativity in Online Collaboration

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Publication Details
Authors: Link Georg J.P., Siemon Dominik, de Vreede Gert-Jan, Robra-Bissantz Susanne
Publisher: Graz University of Technology, Institut für Informationssysteme und Computer Medien (IICM)
Publication year: 2016
Language: English
Related journal or series: Journal of Universal Computer Science
Journal name in source: Journal of Universal Computer Science
Volume number: 22
Issue number: 10
Start page: 1339
End page: 1359
Number of pages: 21
ISSN: 0948-695X
JUFO level of this publication: 1
Open Access: Open Access publication


Open innovation and crowdsourcing rely on online collaboration tools to enable dispersed people to collaborate on creative ideas. Research shows that creativity in online groups is significantly influenced by the interaction between group members. In this paper, we demonstrate how theory can be effectively used to design and evaluate a tool for creative online collaboration. Specifically, we use the body of knowledge on creativity support systems to inform the development of a tool to support anchored discussions. Anchored discussions represent a new mode for creative interaction. In anchored discussion every comment is tied to some aspect of an idea. We evaluated the anchored discussion tool in a laboratory experiment, which generated insights for additional and refined research. Our results indicate that anchored discussion leads to a more structured discussion amongst group members and consequently to more creative outcomes. In a post session survey, participants made several suggestions on how to improve anchored discussion. This paper concludes that anchored discussion is promising as a new tool to aid online groups in creative collaboration.

KeywordsAnchored discussion, Creativity, Creativity support systems, Idea generation, Ideation, Online collaboration, Team creativity model, Theory-driven software design

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