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More and more often, project teams are geographically dispersed. Geographically dispersed projects are referred to as virtual projects. As project manager of a virtual project, what are some of the communication issues that might arise? What are some ways to transmit information between team members? Are there different ways depending on the time of information (e.g., instructions, key project changes, project status, etc.).

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Virtual projects can be difficult to manage when considering time zones, cultural differences and technology. Hence, working with a geographically dispersed team can be beneficial at times and trying at others, but the pros always outweigh the cons. Some of the benefits include convenience, enhanced personal space and delayed reactions. If a participant is unable to chime in for a teleconference, ...

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Both nonverbal and verbal communication play a significant role in business transactions. Besides helping project teams produce exceptional deliverables, they give introverts the personal space they need to be successful in competitive environments. The author of this excerpt explains how all of these factors fit into the realm of project management and how the dynamics of written and verbal correspondence affect virtual teams.

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