There are countless ways of attracting and linking people to the benefits of virtual team relations, and the numerous opportunities associated with them. Among these ways is the development of trust and collaboration, which are essential elements in developing and maintaining any relationship. Simply stated, both long-term and short-term interaction between various parties can be established and effectively developed through a wide array of savvy, trust and collaboration building relational methods. When these methods are used properly, they can be very effective and reinforcing in inviting and growing ongoing virtual team relationships. Thus, trust, collaboration, and relationship-building strategies can ultimately serve to create a rewarding, win-win situation for all parties involved. This dissertation discusses and presents an analysis of the critical elements of trust and collaboration in virtual teams. In addition, the study highlights the competencies that effectively act to bring people together in virtual teams as well as invite positive interpersonal interaction among the parties involved. The research was conducted using a quantitative survey methodology in order to access and compare the business professional’s input regarding their current knowledge and perceptions associated with the factors of trust and collaboration in virtual teams. This descriptive research study used a systems approach with a descriptive correlational design to examine and compare the relationships between trust, collaboration, and perceived productivity, and success in a virtual team context. This research study serves as a foundational work for exploring the relationships of trust and collaboration and their perceived influence on productivity and success in geographically dispersed teams.
|Subjects||Philosophy; Management; Organizational behavior|
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