I am pleased to announce my new book on dynamics of virtual teams that every manager will want to know. A virtual team has many functions in common with a traditional team, yet it works in an environment that is completely different. These issues cannot be overlooked. These are exactly the issues that I address in my upcoming book!
Virtual teams use computer-mediated communications (CMC) to complete tasks, often for multi-national corporations (MNC’s). As most know, in addition to telephone calls and video-conferencing, the main communication method continues to be e-mail. E-mail is actually preferred for focusing on the matter at hand and its asynchronous nature allows people to take time to respond carefully. E-mail has both advantages and disadvantages, which are covered in my book.
Unlike most of the books on virtual teams, which are gathered anecdotes, my research-based book will provide quantitative and qualitative data with a coherent theoretical basis and frame of reference. I’m interested now to see which publishing house will jump forward first to publish!
Through recent correspondence with MNC representatives, I have had a chance to see anew the relevance of my work and its potential application in many fields: health industries, online education, software development, and even international law!
As it stands, I am nearly complete with all the formatting changes and organization issues for a book on management of and participation in virtual teams. It looks pretty good now, and will undergo final peer review this spring. I will be considering an agent or publisher by June 2012.
I can’t wait to share this with you!