Virtual Teams in Health Care: Maximising Team Effectiveness

Virtual Teams in Health Care: Maximising Team Effectiveness

Mary DeGori (Broadmeadows Health Service, Australia) and Fang Zhao (RMIT University, Australia)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 35
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-901-4.ch011
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This chapter describes an in-depth analysis of the methods to increase the effectiveness of virtual teams in health care using the Northern Alliance Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP) Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Program as the test case. A conceptual framework of the specific components required for virtual team effectiveness and a survey tool to examine a team’s performance (based on virtual team member perception) with each of these components is presented. The proposed conceptual framework of virtual team effectiveness categorises the determinants influencing the effectiveness of virtual teams into four key frames of leadership, team components, organisational culture, and technology. An empirical survey of 38 virtual team members within the Northern Alliance HARP CDM Program demonstrates high levels of agreement with leadership and some team components, however, limited agreement with the organisational culture and technology components.

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