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Virtual Teams: A Literature Review by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari Taha :: SSRN

Virtual Teams: A Literature Review


Nader Ale Ebrahim 


Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya; Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya

Shamsuddin Ahmed 


University of Malaya (UM)

Zahari Taha 


University of Malaya (UM)

November 6, 2009

Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 2653-2669, 2009 

Abstract:     
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 17
Keywords: Virtual team, Literature review, Effective virtual team
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Date posted: November 7, 2009  

Suggested Citation

Ale Ebrahim, Nader, Ahmed, Shamsuddin and Taha, Zahari, Virtual Teams: A Literature Review (November 6, 2009). Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 3, No. 3, pp. 2653-2669, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1501443
Virtual Teams: A Literature Review by Nader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Zahari Taha :: SSRN

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