Virtual Study Groups: A Challenging Centerpiece for "Working Adult" Management Education

Virtual Study Groups: A Challenging Centerpiece for "Working Adult" Management Education

Gregory B. Northcraft (University of Illinois, USA), Terri L. Griffith (Santa Clara University, USA) and Mark A. Fuller (Washington State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 27
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-708-9.ch006
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Abstract

Groups and teams are critical to modern organizations, and consequently management education has incorporated groups as a centerpiece of both content (the study of group process) and process (the use of study groups and group projects). Unfortunately, working-adult educational programs appear to have yet to take an important final step — acknowledging that study groups often interact virtually and then providing support for virtual study group interaction. We provide both theory and data concerning the use of study groups as virtual teams. We believe that there are important benefits to be gained when study groups make educated decisions about the design and process of their virtual interaction.

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