How to Prevent Technology From Impeding Communication and Wrecking Your Virtual Project

Technology has made it possible for teams with members around the world to work on virtual projects. A monthly budget for such a project can easily exceed $1.2 million and involve more than 60 team members worldwide. Although email and other communication tools make this possible, what happens when team effectiveness is hampered by the same technology? Dominic M. Thomas, a visiting assistant professor of decision and information analysis at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and colleagues studied the failure of large virtual projects to learn what went wrong. Their findings are presented in a new paper titled “Making Knowledge Work Successful in Virtual Teams via Technology Facilitation.”