Title

Virtual Teaming has Come to Stay--Guidelines and Strategies for Success

Department

Management & Entrepreneurship

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2002

Abstract

The team movement has swept the corporate and business world. By 2005, more organizations will integrate multilocation work with new ways of conducting collaborative work in both electronic and physical spaces. The network, not the pyramid, will become the conceptual model of how people work to achieve goals. The global expansion of electronic connections, particularly the new digital media, provides the link for virtual team members to interact. In all other ways, virtual teams emulate traditional teams. A virtual team should be visible to the entire organization. When team members are not physically present, it is easy for others to forget about these virtual organizational members. For a virtual team to be successful, members must be firmly committed to the team's purpose and to each team member.