Virtual teams: A literature review

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Ale Ebrahim, Nader ; Ahmed, Shamsuddin ; Taha, Zahari (2008)
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Related identifiers: doi: 10.5281/zenodo.10632, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.811109, doi: 10.5281/zenodo.811108
  • Subject: Technikfolgenabschätzung | Virtual team | computervermittelte Kommunikation | new technology | JEL : L.L0 | JEL : M.M1 | Virtual team,Literature review,Effective virtual team | Wettbewerbsfähigkeit | Organisation | ACM | interaktive, elektronische Medien | JEL : L - Industrial Organization/L.L0 - General | efficiency | [ SPI.OTHER ] Engineering Sciences [physics]/Other | Management Science | Literature review | Technology (Applied sciences) | JEL : M - Business Administration and Business Economics • Marketing • Accounting • Personnel Economics/M.M1 - Business Administration | [SHS.GESTION] Humanities and Social Sciences/Business administration | Technology Assessment | Effizienz | virtual team; literature review; effective virtual team | [ SHS.GESTION ] Humanities and Social Sciences/Business administration | Virtual team, Literature review, Effective virtual team, | Wirtschaft | enterprise | competitiveness | virtuelles Unternehmen | Interactive, electronic Media | virtual business | computer-mediated communication | neue Technologie | Effective virtual team | News media, journalism, publishing | [SPI.OTHER] Engineering Sciences [physics]/Other | Unternehmen | Technik, Technologie | Virtual team, Literature review, Effective virtual team | team | Economics | Management | organization | Publizistische Medien, Journalismus,Verlagswesen
    • jel: jel:O1 | jel:O3 | jel:L11 | jel:O32 | jel:P42 | jel:M54 | jel:M12 | jel:M11 | jel:L1 | jel:L7

In the competitive market , virtual teams represent a growing response to the need for fasting time-to- market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Virtual teams enable organizations to pool the talents and expertise of employees and non-employees by eliminating time and space barriers . Nowadays, companies are heavily investing in virtual team to enhance their performance and competitiveness. Despite virtual teams growing prevalence, relatively little is known about this new form of team. Hence the study offers an extensive literature review with definitions o f virtual teams and a structured analysis of the present body of knowledge of virtual teams. First, we distinguish virtual teams from conventional teams , different types of virtual teams to identify where current knowledge applies. Second, we distinguish what is needed for effective virtual team considering the people, process and technology point of view and underlying characteristics of virtual teams and challenges they entail. Finally, we have identified an d extended 12 key factors that need to be considered, and describes a methodology focused on supporting virtual team working, with a new approach that has not been specifically addressed in the existing literature and some guide line for future research extracted. This record was migrated from the OpenDepot repository service in June, 2017 before shutting down.
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