Essay on Virtual Teams

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Introduction
As organizations are becoming increasingly global, the need for efficient and effective project management tools is necessary in order to accomplish business goals and process objectives. The increase demand for human resource requires “cross-functional, and often cross-cultural, geographically dispersed project teams” (Beise, 2004). Human resources are continually increasing in skill, diversity and knowledge which can benefit cross cultural organizations. Organizations are always seeking a competitive advantage with their competitors. As a result, project virtual teams are integrated in business models to potentially benefit business outcomes. The use of electronic mechanisms, tools, and resources influences group processes
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If we analyze the virtual teams and project management interaction styles we come to find that “interaction style has been shown to have a great effect on conventional work teams’ ability to achieve solution quality and solution acceptance” (Balthazard, Potter, & Warren, 2004).
Background
Project management and virtual teams require various components which consist of methods and tools that are “increasingly relevant as today’s globalized organizations accomplish more of their goals using cross-functional, and often cross-cultural geographically dispersed, project teams. (Beise, 2004). There are both benefits and limitations to virtual project management mechanisms. If we analyze the various methods and tools that global organizations are using to successfully manage projects we come to find that virtual teams are increasingly using virtual collaboration tools and mechanisms to successfully implement information system projects. This research will analyze the extent of how project management methodologies can influence the challenges that affect virtual teams and the benefits of mitigating these challenges. Within the context of virtual teams I will further analyze how management techniques relate to how “cultural diversity is frequently cited as a barrier to team, especially virtual team performance” (Beise, 2004).
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