Bridging Diversity across Time and Space: The Case of Multidisciplinary Virtual Teams

Bridging Diversity across Time and Space: The Case of Multidisciplinary Virtual Teams

Violina Ratcheva (The University of Sheffield, UK)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-390-6.ch005
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Abstract

The uniqueness of multidisciplinary teamwork is in its potential to integrate different bodies of knowledge into a new synergy. However, previous empirical studies have shown that member heterogeneity and geographic separation hinder effective sharing and use of team knowledge. The chapter explores how such teams interact to overcome the barriers and take advantage of their “built in” knowledge diversity. The findings indicate that often teams lack common background knowledge at the beginning of the projects, and in order to resolve differences members rely on their external intellectual and social communities. The reported research establishes a positive correlation between team members’ participation in multiple professional and social networks and teams’ abilities to successfully build on their knowledge diversity. The findings also suggest a need to reconceptualize the boundaries of multidisciplinary teams and to consider the processes of sharing diverse knowledge in a wider social context.

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Preface
István Mezgar
Acknowledgments
István Mezgar
Chapter 1
Erastos Filos
The chapter aims to present and explain the concept of the smart organization. This concept arose from the need for organizations to respond... Sample PDF
Smart Organizations in the Digital Age
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László Z. Varga
This chapter introduces agent technology as a means of creating dynamic software systems for the changing needs of smart organizations. The notion... Sample PDF
Applications of Agent-Based Technologies in Smart Organizations
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Chapter 3
Arturo Molina, Ricardo Mejia, Nathalíe Galeano, Teresa Najera, Marcela Velandia
This chapter introduces the concept of virtual enterprise broker (VEB) supported by the use of a “HUB” of integrated e-services as an enabling IT... Sample PDF
The HUB as an Enabling IT Strategy to Achieve Smart Organizations
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Chapter 4
Shirley Chan
This chapter looks at the deployment of appropriate information and communication technologies in helping smart organizations to manage knowledge.... Sample PDF
Knowledge Management in Smart Organizations
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Chapter 5
Violina Ratcheva
The uniqueness of multidisciplinary teamwork is in its potential to integrate different bodies of knowledge into a new synergy. However, previous... Sample PDF
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Chapter 6
T. T. Wong
Nowadays, many enterprises manufacture and distribute their products or services globally, and quite a number of smart organizations are formed on... Sample PDF
Neural Data Mining System for Trust-Based Evaluation in Smart Organizations
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Chapter 7
István Mezgar
The chapter introduces the different types of wireless technologies that can be applied in smart organizations. Smart organization (SO) is an... Sample PDF
New Challenges for Smart Organizations: Demands for Mobility - Wireless Communication Technologies
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Chapter 8
Peter Bertok, Xinjian Xu
In a rapidly changing world, continuous adoption of new practices is crucial for survival; organizations embracing the latest technologies have a... Sample PDF
Infrastructure Support for Smart Organizations: Integration of Web Service Partners in Heterogeneous Environments
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Gergely Sipos, Péter Kacsuk
This chapter summarizes the most relevant results that grid research achieved in the last decade, it presents the actual issues of the topic, and it... Sample PDF
Grid Technology for Smart Organizations
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Chapter 10
Raphael C.W. Phan
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Communication Security Technologies in Smart Organizations
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