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 2: Emergence 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

Globalization has become a current topic across the world and influenced international and business relationships. Virtual teams have been considered as a tool used as a means to benefit from the economic changes across the world. Conventional ways of working evolve into processes becoming gradually more virtual. Advances in technology support change and this largely contributes to a progression: pushing the industrial environment towards a digital world. As a result, organizational infrastructure, working pace, along with managerial approaches, and behaviours have also changed, which necessitates theinternational human resources management (IHRM) function to adapt its own human resources (HR) approach.

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