Managing Virtual Teams & IT Projects Assignment

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Birmingham City UniversitySchool of Engineering, Design and Manufacturing SystemsFaculty of Technology, Engineering and the EnvironmentManaging virtual teams & IT projectsA Proposal Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for Master’s Degree in ProjectManagementProposed Supervisor:MSc Project Management
1Table of ContentsIntroduction......................................................................................................................................2Background......................................................................................................................................3Aim..................................................................................................................................................4Objectives........................................................................................................................................4Research Question...........................................................................................................................4Project Philosophy...........................................................................................................................4Methodology....................................................................................................................................7Instrument........................................................................................................................................7Framework.......................................................................................................................................7Primary sources................................................................................................................................9Secondary Sources...........................................................................................................................9Research Ethics................................................................................................................................9Supervision......................................................................................................................................9Schedule.........................................................................................................................................10Conclusion.....................................................................................................................................10References......................................................................................................................................11
2Title: Operational management of the virtual team in small IT firmsIntroductionDue to advancements in technologies, it has now become essential that each organization staysup-to date with the recent developments that are happening in it. This is because, if oneorganization is not operating according to the standards, then they may lose their brandrecognition and ultimately lose their position to someone else. This is especially true for smallfirms as they are trying to make a mark in their industry and if they do not have the right workerfor that, then they may lose their future client.This is where virtual teams come in and help these small organizations in better dealing with theIT projects that they may come across in. Virtual teams usually consist on freelancers, agencies,or contractors who offer their expertise from the leisure of their place rather than working withthem inside their office (Martins, Gilson, & Maynard, 2004). With each passing time, virtualteams have become a mainstay in each of organization (Martins, Gilson & Maynard, 2004). Thisis due to the fact that these teams offer a large amount of diversity in them and provides aflexible approach in the way they can deal with the clients and the projects.While this may have become an effective way of dealing with the projects that small IT firmscan get, the main problem lies in the fact that these teams may not work in the way that the officemay intend them to. The reason why is that these teams are usually working in either a differentstate or in another province. As a result, the co-ordination found in the people may not be foundin the people that are working the office. This may contribute in the IT firm not being able towork within the requirements given by their clients and may lose their position to their rivals.This research aims towards assessing and examining various methods that can help small ITbusinesses in handling their virtual teams and what challenges they can face along the impact
3that it may contain on the IT projects that they may face. The reason for this is to examine howefficiently small IT firm can manage virtual teams and its merits and demerits. This projectclarifies many obstacles between virtual workplace in IT business such as virtual teams are notpreferable for huge business project. This project has shown few advantages and disadvantagesfor the virtual teamwork ability and reliability which cost little bit expensive to install suchadvance mechanism. Along with that, this will deal with the methods and the business modelsthat these organizations can use to manage these teams properly.BackgroundTechnology has become advance with the span of time but we need KSA (knowledge, skills andabilities) to operate such advance and newly developed gadgets at workplace. Virtual workrequires low investment because it is usually run for small business. There was a time whenvirtual work was known as a new challenging phase of business sector but now it has become atrend of society. We have seen many online business and marketing tactics have taken place tovirtual team it is also beneficial as we can work in our comfort zone at anytime from anywhere.There are much chances of conflict in GVTs (global virtual teams) as member work in differentgeographic regions of the world. These conflicts affect the team performances which results inmany consequences. Moreover, the relationship between task conflict and performance is alsodepends on the complexity of task. There are multiple reasons for task independency and conflictresolution. Companies need to manage virtual teams in IT field efficiently by providing themcorrect leadership style.
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