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Individuals in a business usually do not work entirely alone, but instead in teams, committees, departments, and other types of workgroups. To collaborate on common tasks, workgroup members can have meetings, talk on the telephone, send faxes, and distribute memos. Group members can also use workgroup information systems to help them collaborate. This type of system is also called a group support system because it supports the work of people in a group. This paper looks at applications used in workgroup information systems, and shows how these applications affect group collaboration in businesses. It examines the characteristics of group collaboration and describes common workgroup applications and the software used for these applications, and finally discussed about office automation and the virtual work environment.
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