Organizations are implementing virtual teams using web technologies as a cost-effective measure for training and project development.
In Working at a Distance, Cassandra Smith provides a detailed, comprehensible virtual team business model for managers, professionals,
teachers or students involved globally with such initiatives. The author argues that guidance for members of such teams
is generally lacking. They are left to figure out their places on the team and face a host of other issues, the impact of
which can be ameliorated with a virtual team business model that anyone working at a distance can follow. Cassandra Smith
has taught courses online and facilitated virtual teams. The model she has created based on that experience maximizes the
benefit to be gained from individual members' skills, personality styles, and the strengths of each active participant. It
will enable teams to set up viable working plans and work cohesively at a distance. The model also provides for conflict management
in virtual environments. Built on research and practical experience, the empirical data and subject experts' views captured
by the author and the model offered here will help all stakeholders of businesses or educational institutions where managers,
employees and clients; or teachers and students are working at a distance to achieve desired outcomes.