Management of Engineering and Technology
Virtual teams (VTs) are becoming an inevitable organizational structure for companies when working on high technology projects. The goal of this paper was to identify through literature research why companies choose to use VTs, what unique challenges a VT faces, and how VTs measure project success. Two case studies were identified and interviews were conducted with team members and leaders. The results were compared with the literature and conclusions were drawn. The interviews show that while both projects faced challenges because of being a VT, they were successful because of the VT structure. The main driving force for this success was the fact that the managers could pull employees in from all over the company and were not limited to employees who were co-located. This paper identifies what challenges the VT will face and how two real-life VTs overcame these challenges to be successful.
Barros, Ximena; Evenhus, Blake; Huynh, Noda; Peterman, Wendy; Torres, Jorge; and Zhang, Jing, "The Use of Virtual Teams in Technology-Driven Companies: Choices and Challenges" (2007). Engineering and Technology Management Student Projects. 960.