We report a simulation study of virtual team meetings. Participants role-played companies collaborating on a design problem while supported by a range of IT tools, such as videoconferencing and shared applications. Meetings were analysed to investigate how sharing computing facilities, operating the technology, and company status, influenced communications. Significantly more talk occurred in larger teams where participants shared I.T. facilities BUT this extra talk was restricted to talk within a single location. No extra talk was shared across the virtual team via the communications link. Where facilities were shared, technology controllers dominated cross-site talk. To encourage free communication across distributed virtual teams we recommend providing each participant with their own communications facility even if this is technologically less advanced than if technology support were shared.
- Virtual teams
- Distributed group working
- Communication analyses
- Multimedia communications
Anderson, A., McEwan, R., Bal, J., & Carletta, J. (2007). Virtual team meetings: an analysis of communication and context. Computers in Human Behavior, 23(5), 2558-2580. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2007.01.001