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Participation Input And Participation Equality Within Cross-Cultural Computer Mediated Communication (CMC) Environments

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Executive Summary

The current study measured the influence of national culture, anonymity levels, and technological support (CMC and non-CMC) upon participation input and participation equality within and between forty-two U.S. and Mexican groups constituting a total of 469 participants. Results suggest that both U.S. and Mexican groups supported by CMC technology (i.e., group support systems) were more productive in generating participation input than corresponding manual groups. While U.S. manual groups generated more unique or non-redundant ideas than U.S. CMC groups, Mexican CMC groups in contrast, generated more unique ideas than Mexican manual groups. With regard to perceived participation equality, U.S. groups indicated no differences between treatments while Mexican CMC-identified groups reported higher perceived participation equality than Mexican manual groups.

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