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Team Structures: Self-Directed and Virtual Teams, and Communication Practices

1. Compare and contrast self-directed work teams and virtual teams in your workplace or how they might work in your workplace.

2. Discuss the best and worst team communications practices as you have observed in your workplace. What makes them effective or ineffective communications practices?

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Team Structures:

Self directed team are teams that is composed of employees who have different talent, skills and tasks so as to accomplish the objective set by the organization. Virtual team is a group of employees that are spread within a wide of range of time, space and geographical regions and linked together through the usage of communication technology so as to accomplish the overall objectives of the organization (Mathis & Jackson, 2010).

In my organization the virtual team and the self directed group are similar in that the virtual team is seen as a combination of self directed teams with the organization. This is demonstrated by the organization of the sub-groups within the virtual team in a given region who take advantage of the resources cheaply available in the region so as to gain a competitive advantage in the market (Mathis & Jackson, 2010). However there are differences that lay between the virtual team and the self directed team in a number of ways.

The quality of information in the self directed team is richer as compared to the virtual team. This because the self direct team member is small in number and thus communication is made face to face in most instances. This form of communication is quality since the employees can ask for clarification and the person giving the information can also demonstrate their expectation. Whereas in the virtual team the richness of information is diluted as the information is ...

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This solution discusses team structures including self-directed and virtual teams and communication practices in 730 words.