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Virtual Team Collaboration: A Review of Literature and Perspectives

  • Myriam Karoui

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    (LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - Ecole Centrale Paris)

  • Ali Gürkan

    (LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - Ecole Centrale Paris)

  • Aurélie Dudezert

    (LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - Ecole Centrale Paris)

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    Along with the widespread use of information technologies (IT) and the increasing geographical span of tasks held by various organizations, Virtual Teams (VTs) rose as an alternative organizational form which has the potential to deeply change the workplace. This article provides a review of previously published work on collaboration in VTs. The review is organized around two perspectives adopted by scholars, namely technological and managerial. This analysis underlines two major constructs that leads to an efficient VT collaboration, i.e. the context in which the collaboration is held and the collaboration style. While the former is illustrated by knowledge and team characteristics, the latter is identified by technological media and leadership. Building on this classification, we suggest a model and explore future research directions with a particular attention to the implications for collaboration in organizations.

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