Examining Virtual Teams In Project Execution
Virtual Teams are teams that are distributed across multiple locations. Some virtual teams have occasional physical meetings, while others may never meet face-to-face. Virtual Team building is more difficult, for a number of reasons.
- Bonding and team identity can be hard to create when team members are geographically dispersed because finding ways to provide a sense of team spirit and cooperation may be difficult.
- Communication and information sharing needs to rely on various forms of technology because teams cannot meet face-to-face. However, managing electronic collaboration so that everyone on the team can reliably transmit and access information from one another can be challenging.
- Because roles, reporting, and performance can be harder to track on a dispersed team, individual contribution may be overlooked.
The Apollo 13 spacecraft was launched from Kennedy Space Centre in April 1970 but an accidental explosion in an oxygen tank aborted it’s a mission to the moon. The virtual team responsible for Apollo 13’s launch and it’s subsequent safe return included the three crew members on board and the staff of mission control in Houston, Texas Telecommunication included voice and television communication between astronaut and Earth.
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