Organization overviews and role management: inspiration for future desktop environments

TitleOrganization overviews and role management: inspiration for future desktop environments
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsPlaisant C, Shneiderman B
Conference NameProceedings of the Fourth Workshop on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 1995
Date Published1995/04/20/22
ISBN Number0-8186-7019-3
KeywordsAsia, bank data processing, Databases, Environmental economics, Environmental management, future desktop environments, Graphical user interfaces, human resource management, management information systems, Management training, multiple personal roles, office automation, organization overviews, personnel, Project management, Prototypes, role management, role-centered approach, scheduling, semi-automated searches, User interfaces, Utility programs, World Bank

In our exploration of future work environments for the World Bank we proposed two concepts. First, organization overviews provide a consistent support to present the results of a variety of manual or semi-automated searches. Second this view can be adapted or expanded for each class of users to finally map the multiple personal roles an individual has in an organization. After command line interfaces, graphical user interfaces, and the current “docu-centric” designs, a natural direction is towards a role-centered approach where we believe the emphasis is on the management of those multiple roles. Large visual overviews of the organization can be rapidly manipulated and zoomed in on to reveal the multiple roles each individual plays. Each role involves coordination with groups of people and accomplishment of tasks within a schedule