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):

Report Date:

2009-06-12

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

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 militarys commanders intent.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE