Implementing Virtual Teams

Title: Implementing Virtual Teams
Authors: Abigail Edwards and John R. Wilson
Publisher: Gower Publishing
Pages: 190
Price: £49.95
ISBN: 0566084686

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This book is a practical guide to developing virtual teams, written by two authors who not only have expertise in developing virtual teams, but have been or still are part of ‘real’ virtual teams in the research and logistics fields.

It is well-written and has a large number of tables and diagrams throughout.

It is split into five parts: how technology has made virtual teams possible; the various organisational, technological and human factors that must be considered; four real-life case studies; a ‘manual’ of 12 guidelines and details of other books and websites for more extensive reading and research.

This book would be very useful for any HR manager who has been asked to project manage the implementation of a virtual team as it not only goes through all the processes and contributing factors in detail, but it also highlights the things that can go wrong.

The one thing I didn’t like were the black and white pictures. They may not be clear to some people.

Useful?  4 stars
Well-written? 4 stars
Practical? 4 stars
Inspirational? 3 stars
Value for money? 3 stars

By Teresa Alvarez, HR consultant, Essex County Council

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