Keep in touch, say Australian police

Brian Beal (Self‐employed writer based at Rochdale, UK.)

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Publication date: 1 June 2006



This article describes the management of an A$20.5 million three‐year capital‐works program to develop and support radio communications for Australia's New South Wales Police Service.


Draws on information provided by the project manager.


Shows that, because of the vast area, the distances involved and remoteness of some of the sites, it was decided to use the existing human resources in a virtual‐team environment. Describes the establishment and operation, benefits and limitations of using a virtual project team, in addition to explaining how a benefit‐management plan was developed to provide a structured way to demonstrate achievements.

Practical implications

Concludes that virtual teams are cost‐effective, but managing them requires skills over and above the management of co‐located project teams.


Contains plenty to interest anyone involved in managing a large project, covering a wide geographical area.



Retraction notice

The Publisher wishes to retract the precis article “Keep in touch, say Australian police: Virtual challenge for human‐resources team”, published in Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 14 No. 4, 2006. It has come to the attention of Emerald Publishing that this precis article contains large sections of unattributed text taken from the original research article “Managing virtual project teams: how to maximise performance”, by Palitha Kuruppuarachchi, published in Handbook of Business Strategy, Vol. 7 No. 1, 2006.

Precis articles are intended to summarise original academic research articles for a different audience, and should not include verbatim passages from the original articles. This error occurred due to a miscommunication in the commissioning process.

To avoid any repeated incidents of this nature, Emerald has fully revised its guidelines and briefed its Commissioning Editors. Human Resource Management International Digest sincerely apologises to the original authors and its readers for this error. The original article can be viewed here:


Beal, B. (2006), "Keep in touch, say Australian police", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 14 No. 4, pp. 26-28.

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