Working separately but together: Appraising virtual project team challenges

Tarila Zuofa, Edward Ochieng

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    This paper aims to extend the extant knowledge on virtual teams by examining the challenges of virtual project teams in Nigeria.
    Data was collected through semi-structured interviews. Twenty interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed. Validity and reliability were achieved by first assessing the plausibility in terms of already existing knowledge on some of the virtual project team issues identified by participants.

    Findings from this study confirmed the growing relevance of virtual project teams in a highly competitive global business climes. It emerged that some of the challenges identified in the study had some level of congruence with those previously identified from similar studies from other geographical locations. The findings also suggested that challenges in virtual project teams can be linked to the organisation, the project team and the virtual environment or even a combination of all.

    Practical implications

    The present study corroborates the position that managing virtual project teams require additional efforts to attain their objectives through effective communications and the adoption of appropriate technology.

    The originality of this study lies in its exploration of virtual project team challenges in a sub-Saharan Africa country (Nigeria). By identifying the challenges associated with virtual project teams, stakeholders will be better able to successfully establish and manage virtual project teams better.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)227-242
    JournalTeam Performance Management: An International Journal
    Issue number5/6
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2017


    • Communication
    • Virtual project teams
    • Virtual projects
    • Team management
    • Project management
    • Nigeria
    • Developing country


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