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  • Main Title A Comparative Analysis of Style of User Interface Look and Feel in a Synchronous Computer Supported Cooperative Work Environment


  • Author: Livingston, Alan
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Chair: Swigger, Kathleen M.
    Contributor Type: Personal
    Contributor Info: Major Professor
  • Committee Member: Brazile, Robert
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Leatherbury, Maurice
    Contributor Type: Personal
  • Committee Member: Platt, Richard G.
    Contributor Type: Personal


  • Name: University of North Texas
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas


  • Creation: 2005-05
  • Digitized: 2008-02-07


  • English


  • Content Description: The purpose of this study is to determine whether the style of a user interface (i.e., its look and feel) has an effect on the usability of a synchronous computer supported cooperative work (CSCW) environment for delivering Internet-based collaborative content. The problem motivating this study is that people who are located in different places need to be able to communicate with one another. One way to do this is by using complex computer tools that allow users to share information, documents, programs, etc. As an increasing number of business organizations require workers to use these types of complex communication tools, it is important to determine how users regard these types of tools and whether they are perceived to be useful. If a tool, or interface, is not perceived to be useful then it is often not used, or used ineffectively. As organizations strive to improve communication with and among users by providing more Internet-based collaborative environments, the users' experience in this form of delivery may be tied to a style of user interface look and feel that could negatively affect their overall acceptance and satisfaction of the collaborative environment. The significance of this study is that it applies the technology acceptance model (TAM) as a tool for evaluating style of user interface look and feel in a collaborative environment, and attempts to predict which factors of that model, perceived ease of use and/or perceived usefulness, could lead to better acceptance of collaborative tools within an organization.


  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: User interfaces (Computer systems) -- Evaluation.
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings: Teams in the workplace -- Data processing.
  • Keyword: Technology Acceptance Model (TAM)
  • Keyword: human computer interaction
  • Keyword: usability
  • Keyword: computer supported cooperative work


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Holder: Livingston, Alan
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.

Resource Type

  • Thesis or Dissertation


  • Text


  • OCLC: 61896484
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc4765


  • Degree Name: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Degree Level: Doctoral
  • Degree Discipline: Information Science
  • Academic Department: School of Library and Information Sciences
  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas