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 3: Mapping the virtual team research field

Silvester Ivanaj and Claire Bozon

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

Abstract

The first approach uses scientific mapping associated with co-word analysis. It is applied to recent academic research findings, and, to academic journals concerned with virtual teams (by selecting appropriate key words). The building of clusters, and their relationships with each other, leads to a strategic diagram showing the centrality and density of the main topics, issuing from the academic researchers. The second approach analyzes the main ideas, theories and themes contained in the prior books on virtual teams. Our findings enable the update of the input/process/output model proposed by Martins et al. (2004) a decade ago.

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