Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Fall 2010


Timothy Anderson

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

ETM 545/645


Trust, Virtual work teams, Project managers, Project management


Virtual teams are becoming a natural phenomenon in most of the organizations. There are many reasons in present day, which are leading for formation of these teams. Even though there are challenges to make these teams work effectively, some advantages take prominence over the challenges. This paper explores one of the important challenges among global virtual teams – "Trust". Trust could be a challenge in any type of team. It could also be a potential advantage for any team if they can achieve and retain this factor among team members. Virtual teams work with variations in location, culture and time. It is more difficult in virtual teams to overcome the trust challenge. This paper discusses the analysis on Trust in virtual teams with integrating case studies. The reflection of this paper opens up areas that would require future research. Importance and fragility of trust is illustrated in different stages of virtual team. The paper also investigates the elements like communication and coordination might facilitate the trust in global virtual teams.

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2010-F-545-01-2.pdf (548 kB)
Presentation slides