Virtual and Collaborative Teams

Virtual and Collaborative Teams

Susan H. Godar (William Paterson University, USA) and Sharmila Pixy Ferris (William Paterson University, USA)
Release Date: July, 2003|Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 307|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-204-6
ISBN13: 9781591402046|ISBN10: 1591402042|EISBN13: 9781591402053
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Virtual and Collaborative Teams is of importance to practitioners and researchers because it brings together in a single accessible source, a variety of current research and practice on the subject of virtual and collaborative teams. Geographic distance, technology, lack of social presence, lack of adequate training and lack of instructional resources are just some of the unique challenges faced by virtual teams. This book is a unique resource in that it provides a variety of research and practice from a wide range of disciplines, nationally and internationally. The essays blends theory and practice, encompassing quantitative and qualitative research, case studies, interview research and theoretical models.

Reviews and Testimonials

Godar and Ferris have done the field a great service by opening this cross-disciplinary dialogue. Scholars and practitioners from a wide variety of fields will find the essays contained in this volume a useful tool for accessing the various theories of teamwork and technology.

– Kendall Phillips, Syracuse University, USA

An interesting and useful mix of empirical research, theoretical foundations, and reviews of current literature. There is much here to enhance the classroom or conference room.

– Celia Rabinowitz, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA

Godar and Ferris have assembled an impressive list of contributors, spanning both the academic and corporate worlds. Their book is very readable and contributes much to this emerging topic of virtual teams.

– Steve McMillan, Penn State Abington, USA

Review papers are thoroughly researched, while a healthy dose of empiricism is present in several study papers, the lack of which is a key weakness in the field as a whole. Research students and those wishing to uncover fertile search area may find it useful – the book presents an interesting snapshot of the overall field of virtual teams.

– Preston G. Smith, CMC, Journal of Product Innovation Management No. 22, 2005

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Susan Hayes Godar is Associate Professor and Chairperson in the Department of Marketing & Management Sciences at the Christos M. Cotsakos College of Business, William Paterson University. Her research, primarily on virtual groups, the ethics of mobile commerce, and marketing practices, has appeared in such journals as Journal of International Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Services Marketing Quarterly, and Teaching Business Ethics. She is currently the Section Editor (e-Marketing) for Marketing Education Review Electronic Teaching Resources. Dr. Godar has served as a consultant to numerous companies and organizations in the aviation industry, and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board.  Prior to joining academe, she marketed helicopters and light airplanes. Professor Godar holds a BA in Sociology from Creighton University, an MBA from the University of Iowa, and a Ph.D. in International Business from Temple University.
Sharmila Pixy Ferris (PhD, the Pennsylvania State University, 1995) is an Associate Professor in the Interpersoanl Concentration of the Department of Communication at William Paterson University. With a Master's in English and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Dr. Ferris brings an interdisciplinary focus to her research in computer-mediated communication. This relatively new field builds on an investigation of the potentials and innovations introduced to the field of communication by new computer technologies. Within the broader area of computer-mediated communication, Dr. Ferris studies gender, small groups, orality and literacy, and adoption patterns. She is an experienced consultant, and has worked with regional, national and multi-national corporations to conduct diversity training as well as workshops in communication skills, leadership, and teamwork. She has been published in a variety of journals including Qualitative Research Reports, The New Jersey Journal of Communication, The Electronic Journal of Communication, Interpersonal Computing and Technology, The Journal of Electronic Publishing and Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine.