The effect of anonymity on electronic meetings

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Vol: 9, Issue: 2

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Aiken, Milam; Rebman, Carl
information management; evolution; computer; information; Management Information Systems
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The use of anonymity has been attributed to be a major factor in the success of electronic meetings, contributing to greater participation, more and better comments, and higher satisfaction. Several studies have attempted to measure its affect on meetings, but none has investigated non-anonymous, pseudo-anonymous, and anonymous treatments in the same experiment. A study using these three types of groups in electronic meetings to discuss a relatively noncontroversial topic revealed no statistically significant difference in the number of comments generated per person, level of process satisfaction, and other self-perceived measures.