Ale Ebrahim, Nader and Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari (2008): Virtual teams: A literature review. Published in: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences , Vol. 3, No. 3 (2009): pp. 2653-2669.
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In the competitive market, virtual teams represent a growing response to the need for fasting time-to-market, low-cost and rapid solutions to complex organizational problems. Virtual teams enable organizations to pool the talents and expertise of employees and non-employees by eliminating time and space barriers. Nowadays, companies are heavily investing in virtual team to enhance their performance and competitiveness. Despite virtual teams growing prevalence, relatively little is known about this new form of team. Hence the study offers an extensive literature review with definitions of virtual teams and a structured analysis of the present body of knowledge of virtual teams. First, we distinguish virtual teams from conventional teams, different types of virtual teams to identify where current knowledge applies. Second, we distinguish what is needed for effective virtual team considering the people, process and technology point of view and underlying characteristics of virtual teams and challenges they entail. Finally, we have identified and extended 12 key factors that need to be considered, and describes a methodology focused on supporting virtual team working, with a new approach that has not been specifically addressed in the existing literature and some guide line for future research extracted.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Virtual teams: A literature review|
|English Title:||Virtual Teams: A Literature Review|
|Keywords:||Virtual team, Literature review, Effective virtual team,|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance > L11 - Production, Pricing, and Market Structure ; Size Distribution of Firms
O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Innovation ; Research and Development ; Technological Change ; Intellectual Property Rights > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M1 - Business Administration > M12 - Personnel Management ; Executives; Executive Compensation
L - Industrial Organization > L1 - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance
L - Industrial Organization > L7 - Industry Studies: Primary Products and Construction
O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O1 - Economic Development
M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M1 - Business Administration > M11 - Production Management
M - Business Administration and Business Economics ; Marketing ; Accounting ; Personnel Economics > M5 - Personnel Economics > M54 - Labor Management
P - Economic Systems > P4 - Other Economic Systems > P42 - Productive Enterprises ; Factor and Product Markets ; Prices ; Population
O - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Innovation ; Research and Development ; Technological Change ; Intellectual Property Rights
|Depositing User:||Nader Ale Ebrahim|
|Date Deposited:||22 Dec 2010 20:42|
|Last Modified:||19 Feb 2016 14:41|
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