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Virtual teams represent the next stage in the evolution of corporate organisations Globalisation downsizing more flexible working practices and rapid advances in information technology has allowed and accelerated the need for businesses to span geographical and organisational boundaries Merrick 1996 A study of the meaning and characteristics of virtual teams shows how they meet the needs and challenges of this new workplace However the emergence of virtual teams radically alters the way organisations work and communicate Virtual team management faces several new and complex challenges in overcoming time distance and cultural boundaries in building trust collaboration and team cohesion in supporting and controlling team processes and outputs and adapting to technology driven communication Virtual teams are composed of employees with unique skills located at a distance from each other who must collaborate to accomplish important organizational tasks Kirkman Rosen Gibson Tesluk McPherson 2002 p 67 Tasks are co-ordinated across time zones physical cultural and organisational boundaries These boundaries are the basis of the definition of a virtual team and are also the basis for the unique challenges of managing a virtual team Time and distance variation between team members can cause significant delays in information processing especially when members work in opposite time zones so there is only a small or no window of real-time contact opportunity This may frustrate team members who cannot proceed without a colleagues response or deliverable thus causing further delays Joinson 2002 Culture is another significant boundary Culture may be of national organisational or functional derivation This will affect the business practice ethics expectations and behaviour of team members Duarte Tennant Snyder 1999 If the work habits of an individual are noticeably differing from others in the team because of their national culture it may be a challenge for management to alter or integrate these ways so they will be appropriate to the teams performance and processes There may also be uncertainty as to whether the performance
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