Creating Positive Attitudes in Virtual Team Members

Creating Positive Attitudes in Virtual Team Members

D. Sandy Staples (Queen’s University, Canada) and Ann Frances Cameron (Queen’s University, Canada)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-204-6.ch005
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Patterns of what is required to enhance a virtual team member’s satisfaction with their work and with being part of the team, their commitment to the team, and their motivation with the project were identified via case studies of six employee virtual teams. Positive patterns were found between two or more of these outcome attitudes and the following input variables: significance of the task, task autonomy, interpersonal skills, team potency, and team spirit. Managing these input variables well would be important for organizations with virtual teams, because doing so could positively affect the team members’ attitudes toward the work, leading to enhanced productivity and effective behavior. Implications for practitioners and researchers are offered.

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Chapter 1
Haydee M. Cuevas, Stephen M. Fiore, Eduardo Salas, Clint A. Bowers
In this chapter, we adopt a sociotechnical systems approach to understand the challenges faced by members of an organizational unit that is not... Sample PDF
Virtual Teams as Sociotechnical Systems
Chapter 2
Lynne J. Millward, Olivia Kyriakidou
While much of the work on virtual teams is grounded in the assumptions that teams are concrete entities, this chapter conceptualizes teams as... Sample PDF
Effective Virtual Teamwork: A Socio-Cognitive and Motivational Model
Chapter 3
Richard Potter, Pierre Balthazard
Drawing from several years of empirical research, in this chapter, we look at the impact of the personalities of individual team members on the... Sample PDF
Understanding Composition and Conflict in Virtual Teams
Chapter 4
Stacey L. Connaughton, John A. Daly
Leadership is central to effective virtual teams. Yet leading people from afar constitutes a challenge to practitioners and an underinvestigated... Sample PDF
Leading from Afar: Strategies for Effectively Leading Virtual Teams
Chapter 5
D. Sandy Staples, Ann Frances Cameron
Patterns of what is required to enhance a virtual team member’s satisfaction with their work and with being part of the team, their commitment to... Sample PDF
Creating Positive Attitudes in Virtual Team Members
Chapter 6
Trust in Virtual Teams  (pages 99-114)
Wray E. Bradley, George S. Vozikis
Discussed in this chapter are the role and importance of trust in virtual teams. It is suggested that the nature and degree of this trust are... Sample PDF
Trust in Virtual Teams
Chapter 7
Gaelle Picherit-Duthler, Shawn D. Long, Gary F. Kohut
Socialization of newcomers in traditional organizations has been given considerable attention in the literature. However, little attention has been... Sample PDF
Newcomer Assimilation in Virtual Team Socialization
Chapter 8
Janel Anderson Crider, Shiv Ganesh
In this chapter is a study of the communication practices of students and their instructors collaborating on virtual team projects as part of small... Sample PDF
Negotiating Meaning in Virtual Teams: Context, Roles and Computer-Mediated Communication in College Classrooms
Chapter 9
Paul M. Leonardi, Michele Jackson, Natalie Marsh
Distance, in the context of virtual teams, has traditionally been treated as an unproblematic, in fact positive, by-product of work practices... Sample PDF
The Strategic Use of "Distance" Among Virtual Team Members: A Multidimensional Communication Model
Chapter 10
William H.A. Johnson
Survey data and case studies of collaborative R&D projects are used to analyze the relative usage of communication modes [e.g., face-to-face (F2F)... Sample PDF
How Hard Can It Be to Communicate? Communication Mode and Performance in Collaborative R&D Projects
Chapter 11
Sharmila Pixy Ferris, Maureen C. Minielli
Explored in this chapter are available technological tools for virtual teams. Beginning with asynchronous messaging systems, the technology of... Sample PDF
Technology and Virtual Teams
Chapter 12
Mila Gasco-Hernandez, Teresa Torres-Coronas
In this chapter, we examine the differences in processes and results when creativity techniques are used in the management of traditional and... Sample PDF
Virtual Teams and their Search for Creativity
Chapter 13
Martha Reeves, Stacie Furst
The purpose of this chapter is to explore the experiences of 15 different teams from two Fortune 500 companies: a food distribution company and a... Sample PDF
Virtual Teams in an Executive Education Training Program
Chapter 14
Utpal M. Dholakia, Richard P. Bagozzi
In understanding the influence of virtual communities on its members, examined in this chapter is the role of identity — the member’s conscious... Sample PDF
Motivational Antecedents, Constituents, and Consequents of Virtual Community Identity
Chapter 15
J. H. Erik Andriessen, Robert M. Verburg
Presented in this chapter is a model for the analysis of virtual teams. The model is a helpful tool for mapping the different aspects of effective... Sample PDF
A Model for the Analysis of Virtual Teams
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