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Unformatted Document Text:  Reading electronic mail 9 paper as organization C, The characteristics of the participants of each organization are presented in Table 1. ------------------------------ Insert Table 1 about here ------------------------------ In the current study, the three organizations serve as separate studies. Therefore, to provide a context for interpretation of the results of the separate organizations, the three organizations will be described in more detail. Organization A has about 500 employees. Its main goal is to carry out the day-to-day responsibilities with respect to the management and control of the lakes in the country. This organization participated in the study with 41 organizational members from one team, subdivided into four sub teams. These four sub teams, which perform their own job, work together on one particular job: collecting and buying data about the environment. For example, members of one sub team do not work regularly at the office but outside to gather data, while members of another sub team process these data. Organizational members of this team have quite well-defined job descriptions, which imply that they are not involved in the description of their main job responsibilities. This means that they just have to do the job which they are hired for. The employees of the four sub teams are not situated in one common room but either have their own room or share a room with a few others. The group members of the different sub teams work together on the same floor in the office building, and therefore, they are well acquainted to each other. Organization B has about 200 employees. Its main goal is to seek and develop innovative approaches to work, organization, and technology on its knowledge to address conditions in the workplace. This organization participated in the study with 16 organizational members from two teams. Both teams have their own specialism. Consequently, members of

Authors: de Bakker, Suzanne. and Elving, Wim.
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Reading electronic mail 9
paper as organization C, The characteristics of the participants of each organization are
presented in Table 1.
------------------------------
Insert Table 1 about here
------------------------------
In the current study, the three organizations serve as separate studies. Therefore, to
provide a context for interpretation of the results of the separate organizations, the three
organizations will be described in more detail.
Organization A has about 500 employees. Its main goal is to carry out the day-to-day
responsibilities with respect to the management and control of the lakes in the country. This
organization participated in the study with 41 organizational members from one team,
subdivided into four sub teams. These four sub teams, which perform their own job, work
together on one particular job: collecting and buying data about the environment. For
example, members of one sub team do not work regularly at the office but outside to gather
data, while members of another sub team process these data. Organizational members of this
team have quite well-defined job descriptions, which imply that they are not involved in the
description of their main job responsibilities. This means that they just have to do the job
which they are hired for. The employees of the four sub teams are not situated in one common
room but either have their own room or share a room with a few others. The group members
of the different sub teams work together on the same floor in the office building, and
therefore, they are well acquainted to each other.
Organization B has about 200 employees. Its main goal is to seek and develop
innovative approaches to work, organization, and technology on its knowledge to address
conditions in the workplace. This organization participated in the study with 16 organizational
members from two teams. Both teams have their own specialism. Consequently, members of


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