New HR research on virtual team challenges

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports in a very short article on a “Meta Analysis of Virtual Teams” by Sheila Simsarian Webber which highlights both the opportunities and challenges facing virtual teams:


Top Challenges facing virtual teams


  • Virtual teams consistently take longer to complete tasks than face-to-face teams

  • Complex judgment tasks resulted in the lowest performance for virtual teams versus face-to-face teams


Top Opportunities for virtual teams


  • If team members are familiar with each other prior to becoming part of the team, they are able to perform almost as effectively as face-to-face teams

  • Virtual team communication improves when meetings are synchronous allowing a continuous exchange of information

The article also briefly discusses the implications of these challenges and opportunities

It worth noting however that some of findings are at odds with other research I have seen.

The reader will have to decide for themselves which research they choose to trust in these contentious areas.

Perhaps some more research is required!


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