An exploratory study of class email and discussion database postings in two advanced IS undergraduate classes looks at the extent to which the students use these collaborative tools for organizational memory purposes. The instructor was trying to move communication away from email onto an Internet-based Lotus Notes discussion database (Domino) in order to provide a shared organizational memory that would benefit a greater number of students. Students working on group projects used both email and Domino for both teamwork and topical contributions to organizational memory at much higher levels then students working on individual projects.
Soe, Louise, "Collaborative Learning and IT-Supported Organizational Memory" (1999). AMCIS 1999 Proceedings. 52.