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Steizel, Sebastián
Upwards influence
Virtual communication
Title: Upward influence tactics in virtual work settings
Author: Rimbau-Gilabert, Eva  
Abstract: The globalization of work within organizations has generated a greater need for all type of workers to exert interpersonal influence through technology-mediated communication tools. This paper contributes to the analysis of interpersonal relations in virtual environments from a specific perspective: the choice of upward influence tactics. We propose that virtual work settings may impact the upward influence tactic selected, as well as the communication medium used to enact it. In particular, we study whether the types of upward influence strategies found in presence environments, are relevant in a virtual work context. This research also analyzes the link between communication media and influence tactics used. Preliminary results suggest that there is an influence tactic that is specific of virtual work relations, which may be called intermediation and consists of finding an intermediary that is well connected with the target and can help in defining the best approach by the agent.
Keywords: Influence tactics
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Issue Date: 2011
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