Virtual Worlds: A Performative Perspective on Globally Distributed, Immersive Work
Author(s)Schultze, Ulrike; Orlikowski, Wanda J.
Research Commentary — Virtual Worlds: A Performative Perspective on Globally Distributed, Immersive Work
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Virtual worlds are immersive, simulated, persistent, and dynamic environments that include rich graphical three dimensional spaces, high fidelity audio, motion, viewpoint, and interactivity. Initially dismissed as environments of play, virtual worlds have gained legitimacy in business and educational settings for their application in globally distributed work, project management, online learning, and real-time simulation. Understanding the emergent aspects of these virtual worlds and their implications for organizations will require both new theories and new methods. We propose that a performative perspective may be particularly useful as it challenges the existence of independent objects with fixed or given properties and boundaries, and focuses instead on situated and relational practices that enact entangled and contingent boundaries, entities, identities, and effects.
DepartmentSloan School of Management
Information Systems Research
Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences
Schultze, U., and W. J. Orlikowski. “Research Commentary--Virtual Worlds: A Performative Perspective on Globally Distributed, Immersive Work.” Information Systems Research 21 (2010): 810-821.
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