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Virtual Teams (teams developed and/or operated over the Internet/Web)

Note that the reader might best be served to first read the topic Group Dynamics to understand the basic nature of most groups and their typical stages of development. (It's not clear at this time if online groups have similar nature and stages.)

Sections of This Topic Include

Managing and Leading Virtual Teams
A Virtual Team Toolkit
Additional Perspectives on Virtual Teams
Free Services to Provide Online Meetings
Facilitation Library
5 Tips for Conducting a Virtual Meeting

Also consider
The following are group-based methods.
Action Learning
Communities of Practice
Conflict Management
Focus Groups
Group Coaching
Group Conflict Management
Group Dynamics (about nature of groups, stages of group development, etc)
Group Learning
Group-Based Problem Solving and Decision Making
Large-Scale Interventions
Meeting Management
Open Space Technology
Self-Directed and Self-Managed Work Teams
Team Building
Training and Development

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Learn More in the Library's Blogs Related to Virtual Work Teams

In addition to the articles on this current page, also see the following blogs that have posts related to Virtual Work Teams. Scan down the blog's page to see various posts. Also see the section "Recent Blog Posts" in the sidebar of the blog or click on "next" near the bottom of a post in the blog. The blog also links to numerous free related resources.

Library's Leadership Blog
Library's Supervision Blog
Library's Team Performance Blog


Basics About Virtual Teams
Glossary About Virtual Organizations
Want an Ace Team? Try a Virtual One!

Managing and Leading Virtual Teams

Leading Virtual Teams
How to Conduct a Virtual Meeting
Virtual Meeting and Trainings

Also consider
Computers, Internet & Web
Online Board Meetings
Netiquette - Techniques and styles of writing e-mail messages

A Virtual Team Toolkit

The following links comprise a complete toolkit for building, leading and ensuring high-quality virtual teams. The toolkit is provided by Stevie Peterson and Velda Stohr, both of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Note that each of the following links is to a section of the overall toolkit. (You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Free Reader to read the documents referenced by the following links.)

Virtual Teams: A Toolkit for OD Practitioners, Leaders and Members of Virtual Teams
About the Authors
Definition of Virtual Teams
Team Building in Virtual Teams
Communication Media and Tools (hints, tips, using e-mail, etc.)
Managing and Leading Virtual Teams
Organization Development Tools and Virtual Teams
Human Resources and Virtual Teams
References About Virtual Teams

Additional Perspectives on Virtual Teams

Factors Influencing Virtual Teams
Implicit Communication and Culture: What it Means for Leading Virtual Teams
Virtual Team Analysis
Recommendations for Virtual Teams
Communications Technology and Virtual Organization
Manipulate Perceptions to Improve Virtual Team Performance

Free services to organize online meetings


Also consider
Facilitating Online

For the Category of Facilitation and Teams:

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