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People in Projects by Project Management Institute

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The Virtual Project: Managing Tomorrow’s Team Today

John R. Adams and Laura L. Adams

PM Network 37 (January 1997)

Extraordinary demands are placed on project personnel—demands that require extraordinary commitments in order to accomplish the task at hand. Generating this commitment through the process of team building is a primary responsibility of any project manager. The processes of team building have been studied extensively by both academics and practitioners for decades, but until recently nearly all of these studies were conducted within the bureaucratic setting—that is, the team members shared a common workplace, saw each other frequently, knew each other well, and expected to continue working together for an extended period of time. ...

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