Remote control: How to get the best from virtual teams

Advances in communications technology have paved the way for teams of people to collaborate virtually, unrestricted by geography or time zones. But understanding how best to manage and motivate these teams is still in its infancy.

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Advances in communications technology have paved the way for teams of people to collaborate virtually, unrestricted by geography or time zones. But an understanding of how best to design, manage and motivate virtual teams – or V-teams – is still in its infancy.

New research by Will Felps​, a senior lecturer and associate head of the school of management at UNSW Business School, along with recent postgraduate Virginia Kane, has lifted the lid on this topic.

The research was initiated after a conversation between Kane and an employee of a leading technology company, who told her, "we have cutting-edge technology but we still struggle with implementing virtual teams".​

​"It made me wonder how other organisations are dealing with both the challenges and the opportunities associated with virtual teams," Kane says.

Read more at UNSW BusinessThink.