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ERIC Number: EJ822120
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5952
An Examination of the Relationship among Structure, Trust, and Conflict Management Styles in Virtual Teams
Liu, Xiaojing; Magjuka, Richard J.; Lee, Seung-hee
Performance Improvement Quarterly, v21 n1 p77-93 2008
The emergence of new technologies has made it increasingly easy for distributed collaboration in both educational and noneducational settings. Although the effectiveness in traditional settings of the dynamics of small group work has been widely researched, there is limited research that offers evidence on how teams can work effectively in a virtual environment. The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship among team structure, trust, and conflict management style, in addition to their impact on teamwork effectiveness in a virtual environment. An experimental design was used to assess the effects of structure on team performance. Forty-four groups, divided into hierarchical and nonhierarchical groups, worked on an online simulation project in an online MBA course. The results suggest that team structure is strongly associated with team performance, whereas trust and a collaboration conflict management style contribute to teamwork satisfaction. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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