chapter  11
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Leadership in Virtual Teams

Today, leaders in organizations need to manage increasingly complex forms of teams. Team members can span the world, as global networks of constituencies, stakeholders, and partners commonly characterize organizations in the 21st century. Such global networks have emerged in response to the rapid pace of operating environments and the need for multiple work units to adapt quickly to changes. Work across these networks has become more highly interdependent, and growth in information and communication technology has provided the means for doing such work more efficiently. Within organizations, more workers are telecommuting, working from home offices or sites away from home offices. To accommodate different worker needs, many companies operate on various flextime schedules. These factors have fueled growth in virtual, geographically, and temporally dispersed teams and organizations.