"Like a two-headed Janus, the virtual team is both a blessing and a curse. This invaluable guide reveals how to leverage the positives and minimize the liabilities. I cannot imagine a virtual team operating without it."
— Jay Conger, professor, London Business School, and coauthor, Shared Leadership: Reframing the Hows and Whys of Leadership
From the Back Cover
Virtual Teams That Work
offers a much-needed, comprehensive guidebook for business leaders and managers who want to create the organizational conditions that will help virtual teams thrive. Each chapter in this important book focuses on best practices and includes case studies and illustrative examples from a wide variety of companies, including British Petroleum, Lucent Technologies, Ramtech, SoftCo, and Whirlpool Corporation. These real-life examples demonstrate how the principles identified in the book play out within virtual teams.
Virtual Teams That Work shows how organizations can put in place the structure to help team members who speak different languages and have different cultural values develop effective ways of communicating when there is little opportunity for the members to meet face-to-face. The authors also reveal how organizations can implement performance management and reward systems that will motivate team members to cooperate across multiple boundaries. And they offer the information to determine which technologies best fit a variety of virtual-team tasks and the level of information technology support needed.