Accession Number : ADA502091


Title :   Virtual Team Communication and Collaboration in Army and Corporate Applications


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Jones, Tony L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a502091.pdf


Report Date : 12 Jun 2009


Pagination or Media Count : 116


Abstract : Successful leadership requires clear communication between team members, yet globalization of our society has introduced the reality of directing teams who are often not co-located. In the military environment, distributed teams are increasingly common. However, the current research is primarily directed at such teams in corporate environments. Additionally, senior Army leaders typically have, at best, a passing knowledge of technology and virtual teaming. This research addresses the following question. Can sharing lessons learned between Army and corporate applications foster more effective virtual teams by analyzing the best practices of virtual communication and collaboration described by academic research findings? The results suggest there are lessons learned that can be transferred between Army and corporate disciplines. The resulting recommendations are the Army should: (1) develop a standardized training program for virtual teaming, (2) strive to develop a flatter organizational power structure and implement social changes to support technological systems, (3) develop an organization to address virtual teaming issues and, (4) specifically target senior leaders for virtual team leadership training. Corporate organizations can: (1) develop a standardized problem solving methodology (if needed) and (2) utilize a mission focused style of leadership based on the military's commander's intent.


Descriptors :   *LEADERSHIP , LESSONS LEARNED , ORGANIZATIONS , CORPORATIONS , COLLABORATIVE TECHNIQUES , ARMY TRAINING , TEAMS(PERSONNEL) , THESES , PROBLEM SOLVING , SHARING , COMMAND CONTROL COMMUNICATIONS , ARMY PERSONNEL


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE