Systems Development by Virtual Project Teams: A Comparative Study of Four Cases

Systems Development by Virtual Project Teams: A Comparative Study of Four Cases

David Croasdell (Washington State University, USA), Andrea Fox (Washington State University, USA) and Suprateek Sarker (Washington State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-061-5.ch029

Abstract

Business organizations and global partners are increasing their utilization of virtual project teams to enhance competitive advantages in the global market. More than ever, organizations are using virtual teamwork to bridge time zones and geographic distances. The use of virtual work environments has spurred interest in understanding how team members interact and collaborate over the life of a project. Not surprisingly, organizations are trying to understand what factors are determinants of success with respect to virtual teams. Increasing network bandwidth, continuously improving communication technologies, shifting global economies, and changes in social practices have caused business managers to reconsider traditional practices. This paper provides a comparative case study of four cross-cultural virtual project teams as they analyze, design, and develop information systems.

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