Virtual Teams: People Working across Boundaries with Technology

Virtual Teams: People Working across Boundaries with Technology

Virtual Teams: People Working across Boundaries with Technology

Virtual Teams: People Working across Boundaries with Technology

Synopsis

Virtual Teams, Second Edition emphasizes the importance of focusing first on people rather than technology when trying to make a virtual workplace happen. Successful virtual companies observe the "The 90/10 Rule. " It's 90% people and 10% technology. Along with focusing on the 90/10 theme, the authors have updated all examples and cases, adding new ones from Shell Oil, SCIENTECH, Ernst and Young, United Nations Development Program, Verifone and Palm Pilot.

Excerpt

You're in a start-up or a dorm, an old brick-and-mortar or a high-flying tech company, your own attic or a garage; working your e-business with people here, there, and everywhere, on the phone, in e-mail, trading URLs like Pokémon cards.

We know that the people you work with often are more than 50 feet away, which means distance causes you problems. You work with people in other organizations all the time. These boundaries pose problems, too: Who decides what and when?

With these problems come new possibilities—and a
chance to change the world
.

Change

Imagine radically improving your ability to team. Improve our collective capabilities and we improve everyone's ability to solve their own problems. With better virtual teams, we can accept challenges with others that are impossible alone. This is true for all of us, regardless of where we sit in our own little worlds. Executive teams guiding multinationals, IPO-bound kids, or product development teams working for customers. It's true whether you are only a few entrepreneurs in a virtual network or a participant in a multicountry NGO working on sustainability.

This book is about people like you who work across boundaries of all kinds everywhere. You do so with the help of and in response to technol-

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