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"Virtual Teams" - Belgacom ICT Event 2007

* Virtual Teams are about managing people at a distance using technology. The office of the future.
* Virtual Teams can produce travel cost reductions of up to 50% with huge gains in team productivity and morale.
* Virtual Teams are a high risk strategy unless corporations are committed, and requires investment in technology as well as in team training.
* Virtual Teams means maintaining close working relationships with colleagues in many locations, without the need for as many meetings as traditionally needed.

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Old team management models are: "if in doubt, go travel to sort it out". But this is highly inneficient in a ralidly growing global organisation. Many corporations are at the limit of what they can manage without huge structural changes, unless they develop a different way of working altogether.

I often find that senior executives are travelling twice as much now as they were two years ago (despite economic problems and 9/11 impact). Many are already spending up to 6 weeks a year at 35,000 feet, not including all the hassles of flying delays, taxis, hotels, and jet lag. So what happens next year? The model of team management followed by most corporations is completely un sustainable and will be a number one survival issue.

Teams that can bridge the distance gap will win a clear competitive advantage - travelling less but with greater impact during each visit, backed up with regular videoconferencing, shared space technologies, chat, e-mail, telephone conference calls and other digital tools. And forget old-style video-links in board rooms. Think wireless, everywhere, anytime, video-links that can start as spontaneously as a telephone call.

Human resources, information technology, corporate real estate - all these areas need to think together about how teams of tomorrow can operate in the most efficient and human - sensitive way.

Virtual Teams Case Study:

Aircraft development is highly complex and expensive, typically involving teams from many different corporations around the world. Aerospace projects throughout Europe are being assisted by a new initiative called Elab, built to serve a consortium of companies in the Enhance project. British Aerospace, Rolls Royce, Aerospatiale Matra, Airbus and Snecma are among Elab members, contributing EU19m, matched by EU subsidies. Elab combines sophisticated remote-working tools, plus high quality video links to create total working environments for groups of scattered engineers.

Source: Financial Times 17 February 2003

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Jesse Boland ~ Virtual Team Building
August 15, 2008 - 01:54
Great Team Building Resources

Thanks for these resources on Virtual Teams. I will link to these pages in the future.

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Patrick Dixon
August 15, 2008 - 05:05
Virtual teams

Thanks - if you want more on virtual working, virtual leadership and virtual teams - watch my youtube videos.

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