Virtual Teams - Trends, Challenges, And Best Practices

In this discussion, we will examine content in Chapter 15 of the textbook and several practitioner-oriented articles on virtual teams and analyze the relevance of their key points and takeaways for real-world application. 
Using the textbook and articles, analyze and compare their focus, main points, value and relevance in different real-world organizational contexts. Please consider any three of the following questions in your main post:
  1. What were the most valuable higher level points and key takeaways made in these readings from your perspective, and why (why does it matter?
  2. How do the authors of the articles present the importance of sustaining a balance between interpersonal cohesion and harmony with task completion and accomplishment of goals and objectives in a timely and efficient manner? What specific recommendations do they make for virtual teams to achieve this balance? 
  3. If you have ever worked on a virtual team, what points presented in these articles resonated most strongly with you based on your own experience, and why?
  4. Whether or not you have ever worked on a virtual team, do you believe the authors omitted any important points or tips that would probably be valuable to someone who has nevercollaborated on a virtual team? What recommendations would you add to the information the authors provided in these articles? 
  5. What are the unique challenges for someone responsible for leading a virtual team? How can a virtual team leader leverage the technology tools currently available to ensure clear and frequent communication for team member role clarity, task delegation, file/information sharing, regular team meetings, time management, and decision making? 

  • All posts must be substantive, relevant, and respectful, and contribute value to the discussion. 
  • You must support your statements by integrating learning you've gained from the required readings. 
  • Although APA style is not required, you do need to include narrative identifying which readings you paraphrased from in your replies.  
  • As a graduate-level student, avoid direct quotes unless paraphrasing would dilute the impact of the original words; this should be rare.
    • If you do find a rare opportunitty to use a direct quote, you must add the page number to the in-text citation
    • Watch this video on paraphrasing vs using a direct quote.
  • Go beyond “I agree” types of posts. The point is to further the discussion by asking questions and offering a different perspective. 
    • In fact, replying to a peer you don't necessarily agree with offers you a opportunity to apply higher level critical thinking skills by presenting a differing perspectivein a professional writing style. 
Textbook, Chapter 15:
Title: Group Dynamics for Teams, 6th edition, 2020
Author: Daniel Levi & David Askay
Publisher: Sage Publishing
ISBN:978-1544309699 (Paperback) ISBN:978-1544309682 (e-Book)

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