September 1996

Root Page of Article: Computer-Mediated Communications Networks and the Organizational Life of Schools, by H. L. Fuller


At bottom, a CMC network, like the computer itself, is a tool--no more, no less. It embodies particular functionality, and is better suited to some communication tasks than to others. Organizations need to decide for themselves what boundaries are appropriate within their domains and between themselves and their environment. It is hoped that by pointing out the structural, human resource, political and symbolic ramifications of CMC implementation, this paper will stimulate deliberate consideration of relevant issues, so that the impact of the implementation on the organizational life of the school is not sculpted by default. --

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