Challenges Of Virtual Teams

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Teams are formed to conquer a goal that was otherwise unachievable on your own. They are necessary in both the workforce and learning environment to push forward a task to a higher level. A team is defined as a “small task group in which the members have common purpose, interdependent roles and complementary skills that are used in various applications such as problem solving, product development, decision making, planning, negotiation, etc” (Gera, 2013). Teams have started merging into the virtual world as technology has evolved as a new platform for further success. A virtual team is defined as “groups of geographically and/or organizationally dispersed coworkers that are assembled using a combination of telecommunications and information technologies to accomplish an organizational task” (Berry, 2011). Virtual teams allow for a greater encompassment of a variety of people and ideas. This allows for further progress but comes with some challenges.
The challenges associated with virtual teams can include but not limited to communication issues, leadership problems, diversity, conflict resolution, and job satisfaction. These numerous issues
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This contributes to creating better teamwork in face to face groups but lowers productivity. Traditional teams tend to conceptually understand topics (Ebrahim, Ahmed, & Taha, 2009). Virtual teams performance was higher than that of the traditional team. The platform used for virtual teams achieves greater task completion than using less rich media (Ebrahim, Ahmed, & Taha, 2009). The virtual teams have an easier time of staying on task to finish a project but they also have a harder time developing camaraderie due to this. Virtual teams also tend to be more creative because they have wider ranges of ethnicities and backgrounds to bring more to the table. This would also increase the performance of the virtual

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