Summary of Virtual Teams

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Virtual Teams book summary
Just when you thought you’d mastered the art of teambuilding, they went virtual.


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Globalization can create as many problems as opportunities. One big problem is figuring out how to unite people worldwide to work on projects for your company. In an age that lacked a worldwide communications net, the answer would probably be quite depressing. However, as authors Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps make clear, the modern Internet makes it quite possible for workers all over the world to collaborate. The physical location of your firm’s various experts is no longer a barrier to effective team building, be they in Dublin, Bangalore, Las Vegas or Bangkok. In fact, the authors claim that companies that fail to create effective teams across cyberspace will be left in history’s dustbin. This might be overstating the case, but getabstract recommends this book for its candor about exactly how challenging it is to create virtual teams. Still interested? If so, this book serves as an excellent primer of both theory and practice.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why virtual teams matter
  • How to launch your virtual team


Why Virtual Teams Matter
When the people who developed the Internet are asked about the future of organizations, they assert that the Internet forces companies to deal with the new reality of networked human interaction. This new technology brings individuals, small groups and communities...
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About the Authors

Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps are cofounders and the directors of NetAge Inc., developers of They are considered the world’s leading experts in virtual teams and networked organizations. For more than 20 years, they have lectured, consulted and been widely published. They have also launched virtual organizations (teams) for Fortune 100 companies.

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    It’s hard enough to get teams to function when they meet in one room. How can you generate teamwork in cyberspace?

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