Virtual Organizations and Teams

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Effective Teleconferencing Tips for Virtual Teams

Your marketing team is based in Chicago; you work from your office in Denver; and the team works from field sites all over the globe. You need to …

Monaco to Malaysia...All From Maranello

With Formula One Teams' On-Track Testing Now Limited, Ferrari Has Adopted a Virtual Solution<p>MARANELLO, Italy—When two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso misses the racecourse, he only has to go as far as his living room. That is where he keeps his own personal simulator: a customized …

Auto Racing

Virtual Teams: a Literature Review - reviewed - Global Integration

<i>Consultant Phil Stockbridge takes a closer look at ” Virtual Teams; a Literature Review” by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed and Zahari Taha – a</i> …

Leading Virtual Teams Effectively

Do you remember playing the telephone game as a kid? You’d say one thing to the person sitting next to you, and they’d pass on your message. Then the …

Leading Virtual Teams to Real Results

If a leader is like a conductor, as Peter Drucker said, then are virtual leaders like virtual conductors? In this video, Eric Whitacre conducts a virtual choir in a performance of “Lux Aurumque.” This moving virtual symphony, a collaboration between more than 185 singers from 12 countries, has been …

Harvard Business Review

A Virtual Team is Not Another Name for Outsourcing

Almost every startup is a virtual team these days, since most don’t start out with dedicated office space, and some or all members of the team work part-time or out of their own home. It’s a small world, so these team members may not even be in the same town, or the same country. Outsourcing is …

Management

Virtual Teams Can Outperform Traditional Teams

When I visit companies, it’s one of the most frequent complaints I hear: “I’m working on a project with people I’ve never met.” Or: “This virtual team I’m on is a disaster — nobody really knows what the other is doing.” Many of us have found ourselves thrown onto project teams in which we must work …

Management

How to actually get things done in virtual meetings

Forget the company conference room. Coworkers no longer need to be in the same office space — let alone the same time zone — to hold a productive progress reports or brainstorming session. We asked nine young entrepreneurs about how they conduct virtual meetings between their startup teams, and …

Productivity

How to Build Trust in a Virtual Workplace

Teams can’t function well when co-workers don’t trust one another. Building and maintaining trust in the traditional, physical workplace is difficult enough, but the process is even tougher in a virtual environment, where people often have to work with people they haven’t met in person.<p>Some …

Management

How Successful Virtual Teams Collaborate

I have worked on many teams in which we dutifully did our jobs, and the group fulfilled its objectives. And then I have worked on other teams in which everyone energetically collaborated with one another, and the results were spectacular. Not only did we surpass our goals, we also thoroughly …

Management

How to Manage Conflict in Virtual Teams

Employee conflicts can be poisonous. We have all experienced the damage to productivity, crushed creativity, and squashed morale. As Kevin M. Campbell, Accenture’s Group Chief Executive, Technology, notes, “All too often, I’ve seen that personal conflicts derail costly projects and important …

Management

How To Beat The Five Killers Of Virtual Working

In a previous post I asked the question: does working from home work? The answer from a Chinese company was a resounding yes. Home workers were 13% more productive, happier in their jobs and less likely to leave than their office-bound peers. Virtual working saves money, is better for the …

Leadership

How to Avoid Virtual Miscommunication

Why is miscommunication common in the virtual workplace? Lack of context. And it’s not just that e-mails and phone conversations lack a person’s visual reaction to what you’ve said.<p>Think about the information you can glean just from the seating arrangement in a physical conference room — who sits …

Email

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Consider this now familiar view from the field:<p><i>“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Zagreb, Croatia; Delhi,</i> …

Management

5 Business Values of Social Technology for Virtual Teams - Switch & Shift

The Internet has transformed the way we connect with one another. Social technology has accelerated that change to warp speed.<p>To grasp the speed of …

The Best-Paying Jobs You Can Do From Anywhere

According to a recent survey of over 3,000 business owners, the future of work may not require office plans. More than half (57%) of millennials surveyed plan to at least double their spending on online workers in 2013, while 82% believe within the next 10 years many businesses will be built …

The Workplace