Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2017


Charles Weber

Course Title

Communication and Team Building

Course Number

ETM 522/622


Virtual work teams -- Management, Teams in the workplace -- Management, Flextime, Knowledge management


With globalization of industries, organizations have deviated from conventional teams and relaxed the limits on temporal and spatial boundaries to consider distributed and flexible work arrangements within teams to maximize their benefits. Different researchers have stepped in to find out the attributes of distributed teams that distinguish them from their collocated counterparts and proffer solutions that could mitigate them. Shared context and flexible work hours are among the major challenges that have been subject to various studies. Here we have critically looked at most of the popular and recent studies on these subjects to bring together different viewpoints of various studies. Our findings generally supported the claim that dissimilar contexts and flexible work hours are challenges that are well pronounced among distributed teams. Finally, we made suggestions on the missing gaps in the existing research that will require further research.


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