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DescriptionWeek 4 Discussion
After reading Chapters 8, 9, and 10, participate in this week’s discussion.
Can this virtual team work?
Jim Towne heads a newly formed information technology team for a major international corporation. The team
comprises 20 professionals who live and work in Canada, the United States, Europe, South America, Africa, and
Australia. All members of the team report to Jim. The team is a virtual team connected primarily via video conference,
group decision-support software, e-mail, and telephone. The team has met twice in a face-to-face setting to set goals
and plans. All of the team members are quite competent in their respective technical areas. Some team members
have a long and valued history with the company; others have recently joined the company through a corporate
merger. The team members have never worked together on any projects. The task of the team is to develop and
implement technology innovations for all global business units. The team members are excited about the importance
and innovative nature of their assignment. They respect each other and enjoy being part of the team. However, the
team has difficulty getting off the ground, and the members report being extremely overloaded. Most team members
travel to business sites at least 2 weeks each month. Travel is important, but it causes team members to get further
behind.
The team has one half-time secretary, located in New York. Her primary responsibility is to organize travel and
meetings of team members. Team members are working on several projects at once and have great difficulty finishing
any of the projects. One team member has 500 unread email messages because each team member sends copies of
all messages to everyone on the team. Jim is under great pressure to prove that this team can work and provide a
valuable function to the organization.
Questions:
What is lacking in this team? What are the issues you identify?
How should Jim respond? Should Jim intervene at this time? Or should he keep monitoring the team and wait before
intervening? What kind of decision-making do you recommend if you think he should take action?
What leadership models might Jim implement to improve the team, and why?
Guidelines:
1. Your initial primary post contribution must be posted by Wednesday (Day 3) of the respective week.
2. At least one of your reply posts must be submitted by Friday (Day 5). If you can post both reply posts by Friday, all the better.
3. If not, it is acceptable to submit one reply post (not both) on Saturday (Day 6) or Sunday (Day 7). remember the earlier you
post, the better the discussion board experience will be for all.
4. Additionally, it is your responsibility to answer any questions posed to you.
Please try your best to contribute to the conversation throughout the week and not post at the last hour. Why? It’s hard to have a
good conversation if everyone responds at the last minute on the last day.
All posts should be thoughtful and substantive responses that reflect on some of the readings/media we will be engaging with
during the week. Please remember to utilize APA citations as well as the reference line at the bottom of your post. Remember, your
follow-up with questions and comments to your classmates’ posts helps deepen our understanding of concepts covered in our
readings. Your reply posts should be no different in quality than your primary response, so aim for 2-3
paragraphs of rich detail in each post.

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