Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams

The Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina recently published a useful white paper on the topical area of developing skills for virtual teams. It is available online and in PDF. What I found most interesting was the section on Virtual Team Challenges.

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The White Paper references a recent report "The Challenges of Working in Virtual Teams", based on a survey of nearly 30,000 employees from multinational companies which found that:

  1. The top challenge for virtual team members was the inability to read nonverbal cues (94%).
  2. There is an absence of collegiality among virtual team members (85%).
  3. It is difficult to establish rapport and trust in virtual teams (81%).
  4. Most virtual team members (90%) said they don't have enough time during virtual meetings to build relationships.
  5. Managing conflict is more challenging on virtual teams than on conventional teams (73%).
  6. Decision making is more difficult on virtual teams than on conventional teams (69%).
  7. It is more challenging to express opinions on virtual teams than on conventional teams (64%) (Hastings, 2010).

Read Developing Real Skills for Virtual Teams online.

See also my recent post Virtual Teams spreading but not tipping yet - new research.


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Ken Thompson delivers keynote conference speeches, workshop facilitation and in-house consultancy in four key business areas:

  1. Creating High Performing Teams in enterprises including Virtual and Mobile Teams (based on the Bioteams Book)
  2. Establishing effective Collaborative Business Networks enabling companies to co-operate effectively in areas such as sales and product development (based on the book - The Networked Enterprise)
  3. How to use the latest social media technologies including blogging and online communities to promote enterprises, brand, organisation or event
  4. Development of graphical on-line interactive Business Dashboards and What-if Simulators for organisations to support Performance Improvement, Strategy Development and Executive Team Development.


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