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This free course, How teams work, provides an introduction to working in virtual project teams by explaining terms and concepts related to teams and to projects. The complexity of the interaction of people and technology is highlighted.
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the issues and processes that relate to team formation and development in a virtual context
- identify barriers to effective team work in a virtual environment and propose solutions
- review and comment on team activities in a virtual environment and develop insights to make informed judgements and recommendations for future good practice
- synthesise theory and practical experience to make recommendations for good practice in new team environments.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Different types of team
- 2 Types of virtual team
- 3 Team formation
- 4 Functional team roles
- 5 Decision making and trust
- 6 Team rules
- Keep on learning
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How teams work
In this course we shall explore some of the concepts, issues and theories that apply when working as a member of a team. Some of these factors are generally applicable to all teams – both face-to-face and virtual. Other factors are enhanced, reduced or changed by the degree to which the team is a virtual team.
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This free course includes adapted extracts from an Open University course which is no longer available to new students. If you found this interesting you could explore more free Leadership and Management courses or view the range of currently available OU Leadership and Management courses.
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Originally published: Tuesday, 15th March 2011
Last updated on: Monday, 22nd February 2016
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