Evaluating anchored discussion to foster creativity in online collaboration

Georg J.P. Link, Dominik Siemon, Gert Jan de Vreede, Susanne Robra-Bissantz

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6 Scopus citations


Open innovation and crowdsourcing ideas rely on people to be creative through an online collaboration system. Creativity in online groups depends heavily on the interaction between group members. Anchored discussion was evaluated in a preliminary laboratory experiment as a new mode for creative interaction. In anchored discussion every comment is tied to some aspect of the idea. This first exploration generated novel insights for additional and refined research. Results indicate that anchored discussion leads to a more structured discussion amongst group members. For the same level of creativity, groups using anchored discussion needed less interaction and less discussion than the control groups. In a post session survey, participants made several suggestions on how to improve anchored discussion. We conclude that anchored discussion is promising as a new tool to aid online groups in creative collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollaboration and Technology - 21st International Conference, CRIWG 2015, Proceedings
EditorsNelson Baloian, Perouz Taslakian, Yervant Zorian, Samvel Shoukouryan
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9783319227467
StatePublished - 2015
Event21st International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CRIWG 2015 - Yerevan, Armenia
Duration: Sep 22 2015Sep 25 2015

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other21st International Conference on Collaboration Technologies, CRIWG 2015


  • Anchored discussion
  • Creativity
  • Creativity support systems
  • Idea generation
  • Ideation
  • Online collaboration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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