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Jason Jordan 05/20/2010 MGT 4320 Dr. Chun-Sheng Yu Assignment 2 1. A. Search Term: Leadership Results: 96,828 B. Full text and from scholarly journals results: 18,476 2. Managing a virtual workplace. ISSN: 1079-5545 Leadership challenges in global virtual teams: Lessons from the field. ISSN: 0749-7075 Why teams don’t work. ISSN: 0017-8012 3. The summary is on the following page.
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Managing a virtual workplace A growing number of organizations are dealing with a growing number of virtual workers. What does it mean to operate in a virtual workplace? Employees work in multiple locations, away from their supervisors or their workgroups at least some of the time. Basically, virtual workers may not have a single place where they conduct all of their business. The number of employees who work from home (either full or part time) has risen to 17% in this year’s benchmark, up from 10% last year. And only 8.5% work in headquarters, on average. These figures are creating new challenges for both business and IT staffs, to make sure the right network infrastructures, collaborative applications, and emerging technologies are in place to make virtual workers as productive as possible. Using these remote technologies is also creating a vast new frontier of benefits for businesses that can properly utilize these technologies. Some examples of the benefits are increased productivity, happier workers, and the ability for employees to work from anywhere in the world. All of these add up to turning out more work from every member of the workforce which in turn makes for higher profits. As well as making for a happier work force the environmental and real estate benefits are enough for most companies to justify this type of work environment. Not needing employees to drive to a set
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