What is Coordination Theory and How Can It Help Design Cooperative Work Systems?
T.W. Malone and K. Crowston

Oct 8, 1999


In this article, the authors call for the creation of a multidisciplinary framework that deals with the nature of coordination in a similar way as cognitive science deals with intelligence (although, maybe the term "cognition" would be less controversial).

The authors provide a broad and a narrow definition for coordination, and present the benefits of creating such a field of research.


It certainly seems that it would prove useful for those interested in CSCW and organizational dynamics, to draw from a Coordination Theory research field. However, I do not see that field being created as an independent field, since the motivation of the interested parties is as a tool that helps them solve part of their issues.