This week’s topic for TECH 621 is about Enterprise 2.0. Here’s some things that I’m thinking about with the readings:
1. Web 2.0 adoption has been rapid by the business community. Earlier this week, there was a report that business adoption of Web 2.0 is slowing. I don’t think this means we will see less use of web 2.0, but rather that less firms do not have an Internet presence.
2. Enterprise 2.0 is changing the structure of businesses. There is perhaps a relaxing of rigid hierarchy. I almost feel like this is also changing the face of business from a public relations standpoint.
3. The concept of Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) is fascinating (Koch 2008). It seems like this format can apply to not only computer programmers, but a slew of other individuals. The fact that this construct allows for more remote work environments, that it allows for more flexibility. Researchers who are working over long distances can benefit from this!
4. Is there much of a difference between crowdsourcing and CSCW? The only difference I feel is that there is more structure, and the participants are not being “used.” However, I could see that this organization does not necessarily mean that individuals will necessarily be paid.
5. If CSCW is reshaping organization and business, could this be put to good use for grassroots social movements? This would imply that a lot of the mythology and ideology of a given movement could be diffused quicker and allow for more transparency and/or consistency. If this is the case, then CSCW could have a lot of sociopolitical implications.