Virtual Team Leadership and Collaborative Engineering Advancements: Contemporary Issues and Implications

Virtual Team Leadership and Collaborative Engineering Advancements: Contemporary Issues and Implications

Ned Kock (Texas A&M International University, USA)
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Release Date: February, 2009|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 396
ISBN13: 9781605661100|ISBN10: 1605661104|EISBN13: 9781605661117|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-110-0

Description

Virtual team leadership and collaborative engineering bring teams, product engineering, and processes into the 21st century through the use of e-collaboration technologies. These powerful tools accomplish work efficiently and effectively, whether communication takes place only through e-collaboration technologies or in combination with face-to-face interaction.

Virtual Team Leadership and Collaborative Engineering Advancements: Contemporary Issues and Implications addresses a range of e-collaboration topics, with emphasis on two particularly challenging ones: virtual team leadership and collaborative engineering. With contributing authors among the most accomplished e-collaboration, virtual team leadership, and collaborative engineering researchers in the world today, this book presents a blend of conceptual, theoretical, and applied chapters creating a publication that will serve both academics and practitioners.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Adoption and use of m-services
  • Agile IT outsourcing
  • Collaborative engineering advancements
  • Collaborative engineering for enhanced productivity
  • Collaborative work practices
  • Communication support systems
  • Comparative analysis of e-collaboration research funding
  • Cross-gender online collaborative discussions
  • E-communication behavior
  • Leaders in virtual groups
  • Metaphors for e-collaboration
  • Ontology-based integration of design and production
  • Organizational sense of community and listserv use
  • Organizational view of e-collaboration
  • Pattern theory in management of virtual projects
  • Performance in virtual teams
  • Supply chain collaborative technologies
  • Supporting facilitators in communities of practice
  • Trust development in virtual teams
  • User satisfaction with e-collaborative systems
  • Virtual team leadership
  • Web-based information technologies

Reviews and Testimonials

This book addresses a range of e-collaboration topics, with emphasis on two particularly challenging ones: virtual team leadership, and collaborative engineering.

– Ned Kock, Texas A&M International University, USA

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Preface

This book addresses a range of e-collaboration topics, with emphasis on two particularly challenging ones: virtual team leadership, and collaborative engineering. Virtual team leadership refers to the task of leading teams using e-collaboration technologies to accomplish work efficiently and effectively; whether communication takes place only through e-collaboration technologies or in combination with face-to-face interaction. Collaborative engineering is a broad and emerging concept, and generally refers to the task of engineering new processes and products using e-collaboration technologies; again, with or without resorting to face-to-face interaction. The book also addresses issues related to e-collaborative production and delivery of goods and services in the context of operational business processes.

The book is organized in four main sections – Section I: Emerging Issues and Debate; Section II: Virtual Team Leadership; Section III: Collaborative Production and Engineering; and Section IV: Advanced Conceptual and Theoretical Issues. Each section contains several chapters written by experts. In Section I a range of emerging e-collaboration topics are discussed, setting the stage for the next two sections, which are the core sections of the book. Those two core sections then explore in more detail the topics of virtual team leadership, and collaborative production and engineering. The fourth and final section discusses advanced conceptual and theoretical issues related to the topics covered in the previous sections. Most of the chapters in this book are revised versions of selected articles published in the International Journal of e-Collaboration. I have had the pleasure and honor of serving as Founding Editor-in-Chief of that Journal since its first issue was published in 2005.

The contributing authors are among the most accomplished researchers in the world today in the areas of e-collaboration, virtual team leadership, and collaborative engineering. I am most grateful for their hard work in connection with the development of this book, which has been a great pleasure to edit together my colleagues at IGI Global. The blend of conceptual, theoretical and applied chapters found here makes me confident that this book will serve both academics and practitioners very well. I hope that the book will stimulate further research virtual team leadership, collaborative engineering, and related e-collaboration issues. It is also my hope that this book will serve as a valuable source of ideas for managers involved in projects that rely heavily on e-collaboration technologies.

Ned Kock

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Ned Kock is a professor of Information Systems and the Director of the Collaborative for International Technology Studies, in the Sanchez School of Business, at Texas A&M International University. He holds degrees in electronics engineering (B.E.E.), computer science (M.S.), and management information systems (Ph.D.). Ned has authored and edited several books, including the bestselling Systems Analysis and Design Fundamentals: A Business Process Redesign Approach. Ned has published his research in a number of high-impact journals including Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, IEEE Transactions (various), Information & Management, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the AIS, MIS Quarterly, and Organization Science. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of e-Collaboration, Associate Editor of the Journal of Systems and Information Technology, and Associate Editor for Information Systems of the journal IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication. His research interests include e-collaboration, human evolution, action research, ethical and legal issues in technology research and management, and business process improvement.

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