Understanding Effective E-Collaboration Through Virtual Distance

Understanding Effective E-Collaboration Through Virtual Distance

Karen Sobel Lojeski (Virtual Distance International, USA) and Richard R. Reilly (Stevens Institute of Technology, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 8
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-770-6.ch101
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Abstract

Virtual distance is a multidimensional perceptual construct resulting from key elements that promote a sense of distance in e-collaborative work environments. Why will virtual distance help to uncover some of the potential downside risks of collaboration using virtual and outsourced resources? Research has shown that the perceived distance between two or more individuals has negative effects on communication and persuasion and promotes a tendency to deceive more than those who do not perceive themselves to be as distant (Bradner & Mark, 2002). Virtual team members and work groups are, by definition, distant from one another, not only in the physical sense but in other ways as well. Socio-emotional factors, for example, can play a role in perceived distance and these factors may contribute to decreased success (Barczak & McDonough, 2003).

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