Paper Number

1347

Paper Type

Complete Research Paper

Abstract

In recent years, more and more digital startups have been founded and many of them work remotely by applying enterprise collaboration systems (ECS). The study investigates the functional affordances of ECS, particularly Slack, and examines its potential as a virtual office environment for cultural development in digital startups. Through a case study and based on affordance theoretical considerations, the paper explores how ECS facilitates remote collaboration, communication, and socialization within digital startups. The findings comprise material properties of ECS (synchrony and asynchrony communication), functional affordances (virtual office and culture development affordances) as well as its realization (through communication practices, openness, and inter-company accessibility) and are conceptualized as a model for ECS affordances in digital startups.

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What do enterprise collaboration systems afford to digital startups?

In recent years, more and more digital startups have been founded and many of them work remotely by applying enterprise collaboration systems (ECS). The study investigates the functional affordances of ECS, particularly Slack, and examines its potential as a virtual office environment for cultural development in digital startups. Through a case study and based on affordance theoretical considerations, the paper explores how ECS facilitates remote collaboration, communication, and socialization within digital startups. The findings comprise material properties of ECS (synchrony and asynchrony communication), functional affordances (virtual office and culture development affordances) as well as its realization (through communication practices, openness, and inter-company accessibility) and are conceptualized as a model for ECS affordances in digital startups.

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