Due to their nature, virtual teams are subject to some specific conflicts that require constructive resolution for the virtual team to be effective. Several issues that could potentially create conflicts on a virtual team will be examined, as will some resources for avoiding these conflicts. The first issue involves scheduling and time commitment. Another cause of conflict that can arise, common to all teams but magnified by the way a virtual team works, is the issue of trust among team members. The third area that will be examined is the potential for misunderstanding and miscommunication that exists when nearly all team contact is via the written word. A look at conflict that can surround the virtual team's decision making processes will follow.
Making virtual teams work is not easy. Relationships can be affected by how team members use and manage their time while completing team objectives. Individuals may feel less obliged to make necessary commitments without the peer pressure of having another team member in front of them. Individuals on the team may live in different time zones or work different shifts. Relatively routine tasks, such as scheduling a meeting, become complex and fraught wi... Continue Reading