Faculty Scholarship 1994 - Present

Organizational Behavior in an Age of Local Area Networking

The purpose of this study was to gain an understanding of the impact on organizational behavior resulting from the implementation of a local area network (LAN) within an organization. Survey subjects were from a variety of business organizations that had previously installed a LAN. Each participant in the survey had job responsibilities that involved the frequent use of the LAN. The survey population consisted of 457 subjects. Each subject was asked to respond to a series of 41 questions related to how the implementation of a LAN had changed individual, group, and organizational behavior within the organization. The findings of this study reveal a number of behavioral dimensions that may change with the implementation of a LAN within the organization. These dimensions should be considered during the planning and implementation of a LAN.