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Leadership in Action: Dispersed Teams Need to Get Off on the Right Foot by Sonya Prestridge, Michael E. Kossler, Michael C. Hansen, Valerie I. Sessa

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GROWING PAINS

Another thread that emerged from our data related to members' perceptions of becoming and working as a team. GDTs were seen as both similar to and different from conventional teams in terms of teamwork. Some GDT members believed that dispersed teams and conventional teams have certain characteristics in common, such as interdependency, cooperation, and collaboration. Other GDT members believed that GDTs and conventional teams do not share these characteristics.

GDT members tended to believe that it was more difficult for them than for members of conventional teams to work as a unit and develop the synergy and cohesiveness needed for effective teamwork. A closely linked finding was communication difficulty—almost 75 percent of the ...

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