Articles on Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are a group of individuals which are spread across different time zones, cultures, or languages and are united by a common goal. Lets understand the concept of virtual teams in detail.

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The traditional teams are also known as conventional or co-located or collocated teams. The article discusses the major differences between traditional teams and virtual teams.

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There are several myths that cloud the mindset of the managers of virtual teams which does not allow them to utilize their full potential. Lets discuss in detail about these myths realities about virtual teams.

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There are various types of virtual teams categorized on the basis of - temporal distribution, lifespan, objective and role of its members. This article looks at each type of virtual team in detail.

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The article draws insights from various research studies and experience to understand the key dimensions of virtuality as well as how each of those impacts the level of virtuality in teams.

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For an effective virtual team, role coordination is very important. In a virtual team, members play mainly 3 types of roles - task-oriented roles, socio-emotional roles and individual roles.

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The Four Dimensional Model of Virtual Teams explains the four aspects - purpose, people, link and time. Lets discuss in detail each of these four aspects to ensure a sound understanding of the dimensions of virtual teams.

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The steps involved in creation of a virtual team goes a long way in contributing to its successful functioning. Lets discuss in detail the various steps involved in settting up of a virtual team.

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Working in a virtual team pulls apart the individual from the social networks. The article discusses in detail on how managers and leaders should manage social isolation in virtual teams.

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The training program for virtual teams focuses on 3 main aspects - technology, group processes and cross cultural management. Lets discuss these aspects in detail.

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This article discusses the trend of working from home in view of some recent developments in the United States. The key theme in this article is that there are both advantages and disadvantages of working from home and therefore, it is high time both employers and employees arrived at a mutually beneficial policy regarding the practice. The article makes a case for allowing women employees to work from home in personal exigencies.

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Return on Investment (ROI) is a analytical tool used to measure the benefits relative to the cost. The article discusses about the principles and elements used in calculating ROI of virtual teams.

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Performance appraisal is considered as a challenging task in case of a virtual workplace. Lets understand the performance appraisal system for virtual teams with the help of an example.

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It is very challenging to design a rewards and recognition system when teams are globally distributed. In case of virtual teams the leader has to come up with creative ideas for recognizing good performance of employees.

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Considering the complex dynamics of virtual team, managing conflict becomes a big challenge. It is the main responsibility of a virtual team leader to manage conflict within the team.

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Politics is an inevitable phenomenon faced by employees in any workplace. The Team Leader plays a very important role in managing politics in the virtual workplace.

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