Managing Virtual Teams

Managing Virtual Teams

Silvester Ivanaj and Claire Bozon

The book Managing Virtual Teams, explores the critical elements that must be considered in managing virtual teams in organizations – from structural, managerial, and process points-of-view. Based in solid research, the book provides a deep look at the nature of virtual teams and the factors that enable their success. It lays out in clear detail the key characteristics of virtual teams and traces their emergence within organizations and the research literature. It makes a valuable contribution with clear guidelines for managerial practice - both to researchers interested in learning about virtual teams and to managers and organizations dealing with the challenges of managing virtual teams.

Chapter 1: Evolutionary definition of virtual teams

Silvester Ivanaj and Claire Bozon

Subjects: business and management, organisational innovation, organisational behaviour, strategic management, innovation and technology, technology and ict

Abstract

This chapter defines the semantics, and clarifies the terms and notions addressed in the book. Researchers have very often explained the complexity of virtual teams in comparison with conventional teams. They approach virtuality through its level of dispersion that is spatial, organizational, social and/or functional, and, then, focus on the differences in comparison with face-to-face interactions. The variable degree of virtuality is considered too. The result of the research enables a gradual approach to a deeper structured appreciation of the attributes, boundaries and processes of virtual teams, including the involved critical factors.