Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2017


Charles Weber

Course Title

Team Building and Communication

Course Number

ETM 522/622


Virtual work teams -- Management, Virtual work teams -- Decision making, Technology -- Management, Teams in the workplace -- Effect of remote work on


Working in virtual teams, where team members are geographically distributed and must rely on technology to communicate, are becoming more and more prevalent among high-tech companies. However, there has been a recent move by some of the larger companies, including IBM and Yahoo, to recall their remote workers and put more focus on co-located teams. This paper reviews the current research on the advantages and disadvantages of working in virtual teams by looking at the themes of diversity, leadership, knowledge exchange and technology. The researchers found that, while there are advantages to working in virtual teams, the disadvantages may prove to costly for the organizations.


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