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Leadership Challenges in Global Virtual Teams

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Please read the attached article, Leadership Challenges in Global Virtual Teams: Lessons From the Field by Kerber, Kenneth W. & Buono, Anthony F.

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Based on this "ComCorp" case, how would you compare the process of developing a virtual work team to developing a team of people who all work together in one place?

Be sure to talk about the ways in which 2 of the articles below relate to the question and case. Please be as specific as you can.

Informal groups - norms, management, etc.
http://www.accel-team.com/work_groups/index.html

Tuckman's 1965 "Forming Storming Norming Performing" Team-Development Model by Chapman, A http://www.businessballs.com/tuckmanformingstormingnormingperforming.htm

Groups that work by Blair, G. http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/~gerard/Management/art0.html?http://oldeee.see.ed.ac.uk/~gerard/Management/art0.html

Team motivation by Grazier, P http://www.teambuildinginc.com/article_teammotivation.htm

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About ComCorp

ComCorp was founded in the year 1970. It was a innovative company in the industry of computer networking. It was roughly a $3 billion company with about 8,000 employees worldwide; it included a president and CEO (Kerber & Buono, 2004). In 21st century, various companies of technology and ComCorp were also challenged by the agitation associated with deregulation of the telecom industry. Accordingly, revenue of ComCorp's was declining, which was forcing the company to restructure and downsize (Kerber & Buono, 2004).

The new team consisted of new people, which included a new director and members, who were located in California, Illinois, Massachusetts, England, Ireland and Australia (Kerber & Buono, 2004). The critical issues faced by the T&D team were to lay down the integrity of the team at the administrator level and to select strategies and plans for fulfilling the reliability throughout the organization with the full involvement and commitment of the team (Kerber & Buono, 2004).

Team is a group of people organized for attaining a common goal. Teams play an important role in the success of the management of the company. Team is the aggregation of small numbers of persons who work for common goals, develop a shared attitude and are aware that they are part of a group (Prasad, 2008). The teams help the management in achieving the organizational objective. Teams play an important role in achieving the goals of an organization. A team helps to enhance the performance of all members. It improves the productivity, product quality and customer service (Mathew, 2003).

A team enables all the members to avoid wasted effort, reduce errors and react to customer's need in a better way. In a team work, the concept of synergy is generated because of complementary skills of the team members (Prasad, 2008). While framing the ...

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