The concept of virtual teams varies by organisations

Individual Assignment: Managing Diverse Virtual TeamsAs organisations merge and grow in a global environment, it is more likely that you will encountera virtual team. The concept of virtual teams varies by organisations, and it can involve a varietyof scenarios. All team members may work remotely; there may be several office locations andteam members from each location; or it may be a mix of the two. Virtual teams alloworganisations to provide longer business hours, reduced employee travel costs and flexibleemployee work schedules. Yet, performance issues may arise when working in virtual teams(Schermerhorn et al, 2012). Therefore, a manager may need additional strategies to help virtualteams address those issues.During your consultancy for your scenario organisation, you are concerned with how theupcoming transition may impact employees. During and after the transition, many of the currentand future employees may have to work remotely. Although a small percentage of theorganisation (generally on the executive level) has participated in virtual teams, most of theemployees are used to face­to­face teams. You suggest sending a newsletter to employeesabout virtual teams to help support a more successful transition. In this Individual Assignment,you will recommend strategies for managing diverse virtual teams.ReferencesSchermerhorn, Jr., J. R., R. N. Osborn, M. Uhl­Bien, & J. G. Hunt, (2012)OrganisationBehavior, 12th edition, New York: John WileyTo prepare for this Individual Assignment:Review the Unit Introduction and the Learning Resources.Support your Individual Assignment with current academic literature beyondyour Learning Resources.Think about your scenario organisation and consider the unique needs ofdiverse virtual teams.Review relevant theories, concepts and research and think about strategies tomanage diverse virtual teams effectively.To complete this Individual Assignment:Create a newsletter for current and future employees of your scenarioorganisation.oThe purpose of the newsletter would be to alert current and futureemployees of the upcoming transition, explain the upcoming need to workvirtually for either a temporary or an extended period and providestrategies for working effectively in virtual teams.Provide two strategies to manage virtual teams effectively drawing fromrelevant theories, concepts and research in the Learning Resources and currentliterature. One of your strategies should include how managers in your scenarioorganisation will develop virtual teams comprised of employees from varyingcultures.Please use your creativity while developing your Assignment. You may use thetemplate provided for your Assignment, or you may create your owncommunications approach that addresses individual and team needs.Support your Individual Assignment with current academic literature beyondyour Learning Resources.Note:Be sure to include references to all sources, including your Learning Resources, in Harvardformat.You should fully state and justify any assumptions that you choose to make in relation to yourscenario organisation. Please recall any previous assumptions that you made about yourorganisation so that they will not conflict while preparing your Final Project. You will includeinformation from this Individual Assignment within Section 2 of your HRM Consultancy Report.You will receive feedback on this work from your Faculty Member, and you will be expected toincorporate any suggestions into your Final Project.Submit your Individual Assignment to your Faculty Member for feedback. Be sure to submit bythe end of this unit in order to receive feedback. Contact your Faculty Member for permission tosubmit an assignment early or to submit an assignment after the end of the unit.To complete your Individual Assignment, do the following:Please answer the Individual Assignment in a single Word document.To upload your Individual Assignment, click on Individual AssignmentsSubmission on the Module Menu, and then click the ‘Unit 4 – IndividualAssignment Turnitin’ link.Mark as complete



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