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Virtual Collaboration – The Paradigm of Modern Work Environment: Cohesion and Challenges in Distributed Teams
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Business Administration.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This Master thesis is an exploratory study that had the initial aim to research leadership in distributed teams, but, which ended up changing the focus as a result of unexpected findings. Therefore, the study refocused on collaboration in distributed teams with the purpose to explore the work environment of distributed teams from a collaborative perspective, with the aim of trying to develop an in‐depth understanding of the factors that contribute and challenge the cohesion in these teams. Furthermore, our aim was to present our findings in a model, which would describe the collaborative environment in distributed teams. Our research design was a single case study with embedded cases, overall 13 interviews were conducted representing leaders and members of hybrid distributed teams, which gave rich and descriptive data of their collaborative environment. Our empirical findings showed that structure has a significant impact on collaboration. This led to another finding, which states that management skills are more relevant than leadership skills in the virtual context. Furthermore, we could also identify several challenges, which were not explicitly approached in previous literature. Limitations/Implications: Our research is limited to a single case study, therefore future investigations including several cases or companies from different industries would be advised to strengthen the findings. Our research project contributes to the existing literature, by extending the research field of collaboration in distributed teams, while also having implications for companies, which have employees across the world and thus, consider developing or implementing this specific work unit. 

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2017. , 96 p.
Keyword [en]
collaboration, distributed teams, virtual teams, virtual leadership, geographic dispersion, work environment, virtual collaboration
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35728ISRN: JU-IHH-FÖA-2-20170495OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-35728DiVA: diva2:1104787
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Inesa Lupu
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IHH, Business Administration
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Available from: 2017-06-29 Created: 2017-06-01 Last updated: 2017-06-29Bibliographically approved

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