Understanding Composition and Conflict in Virtual Teams

Understanding Composition and Conflict in Virtual Teams

Richard Potter (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA) and Pierre Balthazard (Arizona State University West, USA)
Copyright: © 2004 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-204-6.ch003
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Drawing from several years of empirical research, in this chapter, we look at the impact of the personalities of individual team members on the performance and process outcomes of virtual teams. Our studies showed that both too few and too many extroverts in a virtual team may result in low performance. While conventional wisdom says that teams should be set up on the basis of expertise, we argue that the resulting interaction styles of the members must be considered when establishing a virtual team. We offer suggestions for managers on assessing the potential for constructive interaction styles.

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