Companies are no longer constrained by the parameters of space and time. Virtual teams are becoming more of a reality. Making this possible are a combination of new processes and technology advances.
From the chemistry side of the business to manufacturing to product development to commercial sales and marketing, it is increasingly unlikely that team members will be based in the same building.
Globalization, downsized organizations, a more mobile workforce, and a new emphasis on project-oriented structures are leading to a geographic dispersion of employees. This “work anywhere, anytime, and with anyone” concept can provide advantages in terms of reduced costs — and some say productivity gains. Today’s technologies — e-mail, instant messaging, video/Web conferencing, and expanded broadband coverage — allow for more sophisticated and immediate communications between people and among teams.
But working virtually presents challenges as well. For teams working physically apart for most of the project life cycle, new management processes have to be developed to make the teams efficient and effective. This requires flexible roles and new skills for both team members and managers…
Key Issues for Virtual Teams
Experts on this Topic
George Bailey. Global Leader, Electronics Industry, IBM Business Consulting Services, White Plains, N.Y.; IBM Business Consulting Services provides clients with business process and industry expertise and the ability to translate that expertise into integrated, adaptive,on-demand business solutions that deliver bottom-line business value. For more information, visit ibm.com/services/bcs.
Carol Cherkis, Ph.D. VP of Business Development and Managing Director-USA, Gene Networks International, San Jose, Calif.; GNI, with headquarters in Tokyo, laboratories in Kurume, Japan, and Cambridge, U.K., and business development in San Jose, is a global pharmaceutical development group that uses gene regulatory networks and systems pharmacology techniques to develop therapeutic pharmaceutical products internally and in collaboration with other pharmaceutical companies. For more information, visit gene-networks.com.
Nina Christopher. Senior Consultant, RHR International Co., New York; RHR, based in Wood Dale, Ill., is a firm of corporate psychologists that assesses and develops executive talent to link leadership effectiveness; business strategy; and individual, team, and organizational performance. For more information, visit rhrinternational.com.
Benjamin Dattner, Ph.D. Principal of Dattner Consulting LLC and an adjunct professor at New York University, New York; Dattner Consulting is a consulting and research firm. For more information, visitdattnerconsulting.com.
Kirk Gallion. Chief Technology Officer, Octagon Research Solutions Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.; Octagon is a process-centric solutions provider that offers a suite of regulatory, clinical, process, and IT solutions to the life-sciences industry. For more information, visit octagonresearch.com.
Richard Jenkins. General Manager for Life Sciences, IntraLinks, New York; IntraLinks, a provider of digital workspaces, connects business communities and accelerates the intelligent flow of information and documents among participants. For more information, visit intralinks.com.
Steve Jones. CEO, Synthematix Inc., Durham, N.C.; Synthematix provides fully integrated software solutions for chemists. For more information, visit synthematix.com.
Ellen Maynard. VP, Client Services, ClinForce Inc., Morristown, N.J.; ClinForce with headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., provides talented clinical research and data science professionals with exciting and rewarding career opportunities. For more information, visit clinforce.com.
Robin Smith. Chief Scientific Officer and Founder, Synthematix Inc., Durham, N.C.; Synthematix provides fully integrated software solutions for chemists. For more information, visit synthematix.com.
Tom Sturgis. President and Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Clinical Trial Services, Cary, N.C.; ICTS is a full-service patient recruitment firm that provides clinical-trial sponsors, CROs, and site networks with a comprehensive source for patient accrual expertise. For more information, visit integratedtrials.com.
Murray White. U.S. Managing Director, ThoughtWorks Inc., Chicago; ThoughtWorks delivers custom software solutions for the most complex problems. For more information, visit thoughtworks.com.