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Collocation of Team Members - Unimportant?

Mark is a member of the executive team that is sponsoring a new project. He has argued that with modern information technologies, collocation of team members on this project is no longer important, and should not even be considered. As a member of this executive team, explain how you would respond to this claim.

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If there is no collocation of teams, there are many problems related to teams that have members located in different parts of the world. First, the cost of new technology adds to project cost. There are costs associated with multiple communication technologies such as instant messaging, and video-conferencing. Next, if the team members belong to different time zones it is difficult to organize a virtual meeting where every team member is online. Further, if any team member is not efficient in communication because of the virtual communication mediums, the team ...

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This posting gives you a step-by-step explanation of the problems faced by virtual teams. The response also contains the sources used.