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How absence can make the heart grow fonder: Dispersed teams and the positive effect of perceived proximity

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 2 August 2019

Issue publication date: 9 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

Design/methodology/approach

This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context.

Findings

Using geographically-dispersed teams presents both opportunities and threats to firms. The option can be cost-effective and employees welcome the chance to operate more flexibly and achieve a better work-life balance. Separation of team members is an obvious problem but can be overcome through effective communication and building a sense of belonging that can generate perceptions of proximity.

Originality/value

The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy-to-digest format.

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Citation

(2019), "How absence can make the heart grow fonder: Dispersed teams and the positive effect of perceived proximity", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 27 No. 6, pp. 19-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-06-2019-0160

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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