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What are the primary differences between face-to-face and virtual teams?
Can the Aberdeen model be implemented in organizations that rely heavily on virtual teams?
Why or why not?
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1. What are the primary differences between face-to-face and virtual teams?
The most obvious difference is that face-to-face teams are exactly that, they meet face to face, whereas virtual teams work at a distance. However, time differences also exist (8 hours versus 24 hours) and different geographic boundaries (same location versus different geographic location).
Definition: Virtual Teams is a group of individuals who work across time, space and organizational boundaries with links strengthened by links of web technologies. They have complimentary skills and committed to a common goal (similar to face-to-face) and share an approach to work for which they hold themselves mutually accountable. Geographically dispersed teams allow organizations to hire and retain the best people regardless of location.
In contrast, the face-to-face teams usually are from the same (or near) location.
A virtual team does not always mean a teleworker (individuals who work from home). In fact, many virtual teams in organizations today consist of ...
In reference to the Aberdeen model, this solution explains the primary differences between face-to-face and virtual teams and if the Aberdeen model could be implemented in organizations that rely heavily on virtual teams (why or why not). Supplemented with two articles on virtual teams and participatory management.