Advantages And Disadvantages Of Virtual Teams

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Do virtual teams experience the stages of development?
When Bruce Tuckman presented his initial theory for group development in 1965, he couldn’t have possibly imagined a world dotted with virtual teams. Tuckman’s framework for evaluating teamwork using the stages of forming, storming, norming and performing was created after a study of a variety of face to face teams. As a testimony to his work, it is generally accepted that Tuckman’s premise about groups experiencing definitive stages toward formation, also applies to groups of people who don’t share physical space and span time zones. There is some thought that the storming stage is integrated into the other stages or skipped entirely. (Berry, 2011). The lack of defined storming might be due to virtual teams having more of a task versus personality orientation and having a well defined communication plan also serving as a proactive conflict management measure.
Also, there is a shared opinion that well planned formation activities are critically important for a virtual team. At the top of the list is training on the technology and related communication systems to be used. (Berry, 2011).
The importance of trust in any team
There is agreement across the board of teamwork experts on the importance of trust in a team setting. If a team wants to succeed, the presence of trust must be welcomed, nurtured and maintained. There is also a majority shared opinion that trust building takes time, but it can be accelerated with
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