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Work Around the Clock: Successfully Building & Managing Global Virtual Teams

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Oct. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As the building blocks of global organizations, virtual teams can provide a company access to diverse skill sets and expertise, knowledge and wisdom about emerging markets, and round-the clock business hours for efficiency. However, effectively managing these dispersed teams requires overcoming difficult hurdles.

According to recent research, more than 25 percent of global team disappointments, such as seeing a project not move forward due to lack of a decision-making process, stem from lack of management or inflexibility. With more than one-third of employees working on at least one virtual team, it is critical for global organizations to find was to overcome the hurdles of working virtually.

The related report, "Building Global Capability: Creating and Maintaining Effective Global Teams," provides executives with global responsibility the tools, practices and techniques to help virtual teams work better together and achieve strategically aligned objectives.

Key topics of this primary research project include:
  • Why companies establish global teams
  • How companies measure progress toward globalization
  • Tools and practices that accelerate progress
  • Practices that facilitate working with other cultures, time zones and workplaces
  • How progress of individual global teams is measured
  • Top improvement objectives for global teams
  • Key lessons learned for managing global teams
  • The biggest pitfalls to avoid in global team management

The study engaged 59 representatives at 56 companies. Respondents have an average of 11 years of experience in working with global teams or in helping people work better together globally.

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