Structuring the Virtual Team

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Arguably the trickiest part of building and maintaining an effective virtual team is the task of balancing "togetherness" and "apartness". How can the team manage to work together when being physically apart? Some insight was given to this question in the background readings. Now read an additional piece, which expands on this theme,

Mapping out the creative process and work design approach. Reference
- Malhotra, A., Majchrzak, A., and Rosen, B. (2007) Leading virtual teams. Academy of Management Perspectives, 21(1), 60-70.
- synopsis of Basadur's model at Simplex. A powerful integrating problem-solving process. (2007) Retrieved February 2008.

After considering the material in this reading, as well as the background readings and any other research material you choose to use, please answer the following question about the team you are working with on the SLP:

· How is your team addressing the balance between togetherness and apartness?

In answering this question, you will want to consider how the work is designed as well as how leadership is handled. You may have formally discussed these issues with your team - or not. Either way, some early indications of structure are of necessity going to emerge. In this essay (which should be from 3 to 5 pages), be sure that you cover

How you would describe the work design and leadership of your team.
An analysis of whether these structures and practices match the task requirements and characteristics of your team.

An assessment of the effectiveness of the structures/practices covered by the readings in this module for virtual teaming (In other words, do they work, or are the authors of the readings hopelessly out of touch with reality?)

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... what would have been ignored due to travel expenses

The balance of togetherness and apartness of a virtual team is done by proper communication planning. Communications is increasingly important in a virtual team environment. Without proper communication planning, the notion of team would disappear, creating more apartness. Communications in a virtual team may address additional meetings used to set clear expectations develop protocols for confronting conflict, include people in decision making and share credit in success. In our SLP team, the communication tools use to ensure the notion of togetherness included teleconferencing and email communication.

In the SLP team, ground rules for communication were set at the very beginning, highlighting, communication preferences and the importance of information sharing. These ground rules set clear expectations not just for performance but also conflict resolution. Early commitment to clear guidelines decreases misunderstandings and increases productivity. Once the ground rules were established, each team member is responsible for enforcing them, and since everyone was involved in creating ground rules, everyone is an impacted stakeholder, ...