Traditional teams vs. virtual teams

How do teams in the traditional sense differ from “virtual teams”? Do managers need different skills or knowledge to manage each kind of team?

First, both environments use a variety of teams. For instance, traditional organizations use Work teams, Task teams, and Management teams. Work teams unite employees doing work for organization for particular hours. As usually, full time employees work 40 hours per week. This type of team may include workers from different departments, who are not share the same goal, but know that work needs to be done. Task team as usually is a cross-functioning one and remains temporary. Its members share common goal of completing the task and as usually assigned to the team on the base of proximity and availability. Management teams share the same goals as organization. The performance of each member of this team is more connected with the members of the team he or she manages than with his or her colleagues (Thompson, Aranda, & Robbins,2000).

Seemingly to traditional teams, virtual teams may share similar goals accordingly, but virtual environment provides them with more flexible schedule and size of virtual team may varied from particular goal. Both traditional and virtual teams have to have commitment and trust to other members of the team. Task teams of both worlds may share the skills, knowledge and information to make quality work. In addition to having particular skills to manage different types of teams, managers of virtual teams need to be familiar with operating tools in this world and be able to facilitate work of its team members by providing corrective feedback after accessing each step of the process.  

 Thompson, l., Aranda, E., & Robbins, S. (2000).Tools teams: Building effective teams in the

          workplace.San Francisco: Pearson Custom Publishing


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