E-Mail Communication and Group Cooperation in Mixed Motive Contexts
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- Naquin, C.E., Kurtzberg, T.R. & Belkin, L.Y. Soc Just Res (2008) 21: 470. doi:10.1007/s11211-008-0084-x
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Two empirical studies are presented that explore how and why e-mail communication (versus face-to-face communication) influences cooperation in mixed motive group contexts. Results indicate that, relative to those engaging in face-to-face interaction, those who interacted via e-mail were (1) less cooperative and (2) felt more justified in being noncooperative. Feelings of justification mediated the relationship between communication media and the decision to cooperate or not.