Motivation and success strategies of successful virtual team leaders in the United States: A phenomenological study

by Davenport, Nichole D., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 211 pages; 10253149

Abstract:

This qualitative phenomenological study examined the motivation and success strategies of successful virtual team leaders in the United States. A review of the existing literature identified gaps in the body of scholarly knowledge regarding successful virtual team leaders and their motivation and success strategies. Fifteen telephone interviews were conducted with participants drawn from a population of (a) successful virtual team leaders who have been virtual team leaders for the last three years and (b) members of a virtual team leader group that were identified, vetted, selected, and became successful virtual team leaders themselves and now contribute to consulting companies on virtual leadership. The sample of successful virtual team leaders provided in-depth accounts of their personal lived experiences that aided in developing a better understanding of the phenomenon under study. This study’s findings indicate that virtual team leaders face numerous challenges while managing teams in nontraditional settings, with various communication barriers and difficulties with team distribution and team building. Furthermore, participants were motivated to become virtual team leaders primarily because of their desire to be successful virtual team leaders. These successful virtual team leaders used their leadership abilities to work without boundaries. By not having boundaries, the virtual team leaders were able to successfully lead their teams through challenging environments with less restrictions of space and time. Even though virtual team leaders have struggled in some settings, virtual teams are increasing in popularity. The study themes are the result of the analysis of data collected regarding success strategies. The success strategies most noted by participants were communication and listening; goals, norms, and expectations; leadership and the utilization of mentors; collaboration; creating value for the organization; commitment to team cohesion; and communication technology. The study findings may be useful for scholars and practitioners interested in the motivation and success strategies of virtual team leaders and for those seeking to expand on the research.

AdviserRubye Braye
SchoolCAPELLA UNIVERSITY
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Communication
Publication Number10253149

About ProQuest Dissertations & Theses
With nearly 4 million records, the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT) Global database is the most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses in the world. It is the database of record for graduate research.

PQDT Global combines content from a range of the world's premier universities - from the Ivy League to the Russell Group. Of the nearly 4 million graduate works included in the database, ProQuest offers more than 2.5 million in full text formats. Of those, over 1.7 million are available in PDF format. More than 90,000 dissertations and theses are added to the database each year.

If you have questions, please feel free to visit the ProQuest Web site - http://www.proquest.com - or contact ProQuest Support.