Problem Solving Team

If it is a fully self managed work team, the members can choose a person of the team who will be able to evaluate the work of each member in the team.

Cross functional team is a group of employees who came from different organizational units, or departments but perform one and the same task. Usually they belong to the same hierarchical level. They have different levels of experience and different skills but they try to use their knowledge having the same task. Usually the representatives of this type of teams use action learning in order to solve the major problems.

Virtual team is a group of employees who use computers in order to achieve their common goals. They may never meet each other face-to-face as they always communicate by means of new communication technologies. All the members of the virtual team are self-motivated people who can work independently. Usually they are experienced specialists who can work effectively and without much control. The major goal of the virtual team is connected with the final result. That is why all the members of the virtual team are result oriented. One of the most important challenges of virtual team is to maintain trust between the employees. Communication skills also play an important role in the effective work of virtual teams. (Steward 2)


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