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Crossing Technical and Cultural Boundaries

This solution focuses on Mastering Virtual Teams (Snyder and Duarte), Chapter 2 and 3 Crossing Technical and Cultural Boundaries (pp. 25-72). It examines technical and cultural boundaries in virtual teams.

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Here are some ideas to implement into your web posting responses:

1. What did you learn from these chapters and what would you do to cross technical and cultural boundaries in your virtual team?

Talk about how you learned to manage the virtual teams despite the complexities posed by geographic, cultural, linguistic, and other barriers. Discuss the pros and cons of this heterogeneous team approach. Perhaps discuss how it differs from a traditional team model.

In order to bridge cultural and technical boundaries, here are some tips to enrich your virtual team:

a. Focus on Planning and Design
"When an employee finishes a project and must re-enter the host organization or another virtual team, planning by both the team member and the host organization is essential."
Quotes obtained from http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/dea453_653/ideabook1/4_ahn_prasant/Virtual.htm

b. Ensure Constant Communication
Since team members work so far away and at different hours, "The work must be coordinated through technology and the stakeholders in the project must interact and keep each other updated."
Quote obtained from http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/dea453_653/ideabook1/4_ahn_prasant/Virtual.htm

c. Emphasize The Use of Intranets:
To build communication among team managers and members, this device is useful. Here is a quote to aid you: "The potential for collaborative work is enhanced by the use of Intranets; it provides a means for team members to have a "window" on each others' ...

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This solution focuses on Mastering Virtual Teams (Snyder and Duarte), Chapter 2 and 3 Crossing Technical and Cultural Boundaries (pp. 25-72). It examines technical and cultural boundaries in virtual teams.

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