Lessons Learned Crossing Boundaries in an ICT-Supported Distributed Team

Lessons Learned Crossing Boundaries in an ICT-Supported Distributed Team

David J. Pauleen (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 20
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-468-2.ch002
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Most so-called virtual teams are virtual by degree only. The dichotomy of face-to-face versus virtual teams is a research-led phenomenon. Many teams are using combinations of face-to-face communication and ICT, and can be considered transitional or semi-virtual teams. Many of these teams cross multiple boundaries, including those of time, distance, organization and culture. This paper takes an in-depth look at one such ICT-supported distributed team and investigates some of the key issues that arose as it operated across multiple boundaries, in particular ethnic cultural boundaries. This paper answers recent calls for more in-depth and creative cross-culturally framed information systems research, and the findings suggest that while traditional notions of culture are still valuable for lending insight into team member behavior, team culture may also be seen as emergent and negotiated based on a wide range of contextual elements. The paper concludes with an analysis of the important practical lessons learned in this case. The implications for cross-cultural IS research are briefly discussed.

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M. Gordon Hunter, Felix B. Tan
Chapter 1
Hans Lehmann
Analysing four case vignettes in a grounded theory approach, this exploratory paper investigates the architecture and design principles of... Sample PDF
An Object-Oriented Architecture Model for International Information Systems?
Chapter 2
David J. Pauleen
Most so-called virtual teams are virtual by degree only. The dichotomy of face-to-face versus virtual teams is a research-led phenomenon. Many teams... Sample PDF
Lessons Learned Crossing Boundaries in an ICT-Supported Distributed Team
Chapter 3
Robert M. Mason
Knowledge management systems (KMSs) have been criticized as having a North American bias. The cultural dimension of KMSs, particularly the... Sample PDF
Culture-Free of Culture-Bound? A Boundary Spanning Perspective on Learning in Knowledge Management Systems
Chapter 4
Roberto Evaristo
A model of cross-cultural distributed project management is proposed. The model is based on recent theoretical developments regarding trust and team... Sample PDF
Managing Distributed Projects Across Cultures
Chapter 5
John Lim
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The Role of Power Distance and Explanation Facility in Online Bargaining Utilizing Software Agents
Chapter 6
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How to Compete in a Global Education Market Effectively: A Conceptual Framework for Designing a New Generation eEducation System
Chapter 7
Jai Ganesh, T. R. Madanmohan, P. D. Jose, Sudhi Seshadri
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Adaptive Strategies of Firms in High-Velocity Environments: The Case of B2B Electronic Marketplace
Chapter 8
Wing S. Chow
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Development Attributes of Quality for E-Supply Chain System
Chapter 9
Seokha Koh, Sooun Lee, David C. Yen, Douglas Havelka
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Information Technology Professional Career Development: A Progression of Skills
Chapter 10
Dane K. Peterson, Chung Kim
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Perceptions of IS Risks and Failure Types: A Comparison of Designers from the United States, Japan and Korea
Chapter 11
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Chapter 12
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Peter Ping Li, Steven Tung-lung Chang
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