From Software to Team Ware: Virtual Teams and Online Learning Culture

From Software to Team Ware: Virtual Teams and Online Learning Culture

Francesco Sofo (University of Canberra, Australia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-100-3.ch506

Abstract

Social interaction technologies have made it possible for teams to exist in a virtual reality. Such change to the workplace status quo requires a new appreciation of the ways in which team members can create, maintain, transmit and influence their competitiveness and effectiveness. This chapter explores the concepts of virtual teams and online culture; it analyses the key requirements for the successful functioning of virtual teams; for instance, building trust, consolidating authentic communication flows and thinking critically. Commencing with a review of the current research, the chapter concentrates on the rise of virtual teams, the key dimensions, and the importance of establishing online learning cultures to ensure high performance. Additionally, pitfalls of virtual teams and recommendations for enhancing their work are presented.

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