Leadership Constraints: Leading Global Virtual Teams through Environmental Complexity
International Journal of e-Collaboration
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This research focused on the question: What leadership constraints contribute to the complexity of the working environment faced by global virtual team leaders and how do those leadership constraints impact the behavior of leaders when they are trying to meet team member expectations? This qualitative study of a high performing team within a multinational corporation (MNC) identified four constraints facing leaders: virtuality, globalization, the domestic workplace, and the matrix organizational structure. These constraints and their interactions contributed to the complexity that leaders faced when attempting to influence followers. While work/life roles have changed dramatically for leaders, team member expectations remain rooted in the past.
Tworoger, Leslie C.; Ruppel, Cynthia P.; Gong, Baiyun; and Pohlman, Randolph A., "Leadership Constraints: Leading Global Virtual Teams through Environmental Complexity" (2013). HCBE Faculty Articles. 92.