By Frank Siebdrat, Martin Hoegl and Holger Ernst
June 30, 2009
The leading question
What do managers need to know about virtual teams?
- The overall effect of dispersion (people working at different sites) is not necessarily detrimental but rather depends on a team’s task-related processes, including those that help coordinate work and ensure that each member is contributing fully.
- Even small levels of dispersion can substantially affect team performance.
- When assembling a virtual team, managers should carefully consider the social skills and self-sufficiency of the potential members.
Over the past 10 years, various studies have investigated the differences in performance of colocated and dispersed teams, quietly assuming that members of the latter never meet in person and members of the former work together in the same office… To read the complete article, login or sign-up using the form below.