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Exploring virtual team-working effectiveness in the construction sector

Rezgui, Y

Authors

Y Rezgui



Abstract

In defining a virtual team-working solution as with any new organisational form, success relies not merely on the introduction and adoption of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), but also on critically analysing the underlying social and organisational aspects. The paper investigates the effectiveness of virtual teams, and any other suitable form of virtual collaboration, in the Construction sector and explores the factors that influence their successful adoption. The positivist strand adopted in the research emphasises a particular approach that promotes software application hosting through a dedicated application service provider, as opposed to the
traditional software-licensing model. The research identifies important socio-organisational challenges inherent to the project-based nature of Construction, including issues related to technology adoption, team identification, trust, and motivation. Action research techniques have been employed to conduct the research involving two Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SME) from France and Finland.

Citation

Rezgui, Y. (2007). Exploring virtual team-working effectiveness in the construction sector. Interacting with Computers, 19(1), 96-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2006.07.002

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2007
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2009
Journal Interacting with Computers
Print ISSN 0953-5438
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1
Pages 96-112
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2006.07.002
Keywords Virtual team; Virtual enterprise; Web-services; Socio-organisational issues; Virtual project management; Construction industry
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2006.07.002

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