Virtual teams and remote working according to the authors linack and stamps a virtual team is a group of people working across time and space and organizational boundaries using technology to communicate and collaborate as such virtual teams allow organizations to bring together people with the best expertise regardless of where they live. A team leader from the same company commented that sometimes colocated teams spread across his laboratory use electronic communication technologies such as e mail telephone and voicemail just as much as globally dispersed teams do a sign that people might be allowing short physical distances to become larger obstacles than they should to prevent that from happening companies such . Though both traditional and virtual teams go through the five stages of bruce tuckmans model of team development but the dynamics experienced by the members of virtual teams are more complex this is largely due to the fact that members of virtual team rely solely on electronic communication and collaboration technology to facilitate interactions among them also the cultural boundaries and . First a brief history people have adapted to virtual working in three waves in each wave they have come to terms with the benefits and limitations of technology the social impact of collaborating from a distance and how the design of work impacts productivity virtual working began in earnest in the 1980s fueled by technological developments freelancers the social pioneers of . Virtual teams changes in working environments have implied a tendency from individual based work performance towards a team performance and an increase in global teams where working methods are claimed to differ from the traditional teams because of their reliance on technology for communicating and disseminating information and knowledge jarvempaa tanriverdi 2003 technologies provide
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