What virtual collaboration can learn from the film industry
In an excellent paper (PDF), The Virtual Organisation – Technical or Social Innovation? Lessons from the Film Industry, Lucas Introna, Hope Moore and Mike Cushman from the London School of Economics explore the parallels and the lessons we can learn in trying to form effective virtual enterprises, virtual organisations, virtual teams and virtual networks.
They suggest that:
"the film production process is characterised by flexible adaptation to changing production conditions, similar to the virtual enterprise .... and illustrates the balance of flexibility and hierarchy which is required between contracted individuals who are involved in collaborative, creative, short-term contracts."
The authors conclude that we can gain a lot of insight into how to make effective virtual collaboration by studying the film production process particularly in its use of:
- Roles, power and lightweight contracts
- Reputation, norms and moral sanctions
- Common Language (Filmspeak)
- Networks of trusted partners
These are all critical success factors for building successful virtually network teams.
Bioteams Books Reviews
The term cyborg is used to designate an organism which is a mixture of organic and synthetic parts so designed to enhance its abilities via technology. William Mitchell a professor at MIT Media Lab believes that through our mobile devices we are all becoming mobile cyborgs and its for the better. In his book Me++: The Cyborg Self and the Networked City which he discusses in an interview with James Harkin Mitchell describes how the new communications technologies have overlaid our city spaces with central nervous systems connecting us into the wireless ether via our mobile devices which act as umbilical cords to anchor us into the information society's digital infrastructure.