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Extending the group: a strategy for virtual team formation

Jennifer Joy‐Matthews (Jennifer Joy‐Matthews is a Product Leader HRD and Course Leader MSc HRM/HRD, and)
Bryan Gladstone (Bryan Gladstone is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, MSc Knowledge Management, both at Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK.)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 1 February 2000



Discusses the emergence of virtual teams in the current business world. The issues posed by virtuality as opposed to proximity for group members and trainers and developers are raised. The stages of group processes – from formation/socialisation to the adjournment of virtual teams – are identified and considered in relation to virtuality and proximity. Examples are given from the Electronic Communication Forum (ECF) showing how the reality of working practices mirrors the theory offered. Some questions are posed which will need further research before answers can be generated.



Joy‐Matthews, J. and Gladstone, B. (2000), "Extending the group: a strategy for virtual team formation", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 32 No. 1, pp. 24-29.




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