Unique Characteristics and Related Project Management Challenges of Global Virtual Teams
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As companies continue to expand globally, virtual teams utilizing information and communication technology are formed to accomplish company goals. Success in these teams requires increased knowledge of the unique characteristics and related management challenges. Selected literature published since 1996 is examined, to produce a reference guide for project managers. Six global virtual team characteristics are identified: geographic dispersal; structural flexibility; technology-based communications; cultural diversity; high task interdependence; and lack of shared work experience.