It has long been a goal of group support system (GSS) researchers to enable team members to work together wherever and whenever they want to do so [7;8;3]. GSS technology has now advanced to the point that asynchronous meetings among geographically separated team members are a reality [9;10]. Team members from around the world can use GSS to jointly create and edit all the share objects a GSS can offer – lists, trees, texts, graphics and compound documents. However, shared objects are only one important kind of output from a GSS. The other equally important and equally tangible output from a GSS is Group Dynamics – patterns of group interaction [11;4;2].
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