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Nature of virtual teams: a summary of their advantages and disadvantages

Nature of virtual teams: a summary of their advantages and disadvantages Purpose – This paper aims to extend knowledge about virtual teams and their advantages and disadvantages in a global business environment. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a literature review and reported findings from interviews with experts and practitioners in the field, the paper has identified and discussed the advantages and problems associated with creating and managing virtual teams. Findings – In today's competitive global economy, organizations capable of rapidly creating virtual teams of talented people can respond quickly to changing business environments. Capabilities of this type offer organizations a form of competitive advantage. Originality/value – By identifying the advantages and problems associated with virtual teams, organizations will be better able to successfully establish and manage such teams. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Management Research News Emerald Publishing

Nature of virtual teams: a summary of their advantages and disadvantages

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0140-9174
DOI
10.1108/01409170810846821
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to extend knowledge about virtual teams and their advantages and disadvantages in a global business environment. Design/methodology/approach – Based on a literature review and reported findings from interviews with experts and practitioners in the field, the paper has identified and discussed the advantages and problems associated with creating and managing virtual teams. Findings – In today's competitive global economy, organizations capable of rapidly creating virtual teams of talented people can respond quickly to changing business environments. Capabilities of this type offer organizations a form of competitive advantage. Originality/value – By identifying the advantages and problems associated with virtual teams, organizations will be better able to successfully establish and manage such teams.

Journal

Management Research NewsEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 25, 2008

Keywords: Virtual work; Team management; Cross‐cultural management; International business

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