Virtual Teamwork: A Product of Globalization Implications for University Education

30 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2007

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Rainer Lenz

University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld

Carlos Pascoa Machado

University of Minho

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

With globalization, virtual teamwork is becoming the predominant type of labour organization within multinational companies. Empirical studies on this new form of teamwork show that besides requiring specific knowledge, this teamwork requires social skills, as well as media and methodological competencies. Through the Bologna-Process European universities received clear directions to prepare young professionals for the challenges of the future working life by focusing on extra-curricular activities and developing personal key competencies. Accordingly, this essay outlines how to prepare students to work in a virtual team environment by making fundamental reforms to university education. A key element of proposed reforms is the introduction of Collaborative Computer Supported Learning as the leading didactic principle, especially in postgraduate studies.

Keywords: Virtual teamwork, virtual team work, new media, globalization, university education, computer supported collabortaive learning, CSCL, virual team, virtual collaboration, knowledge management

JEL Classification: A10, A20, A23, D21, F23, J10, J23, L16, M12

Suggested Citation

Lenz, Rainer and Machado, Carlos Pascoa, Virtual Teamwork: A Product of Globalization Implications for University Education (June 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=942267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.942267

Rainer Lenz (Contact Author)

University of Applied Sciences, Bielefeld ( email )

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Bielefeld, 33619
Germany

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Carlos Pascoa Machado

University of Minho ( email )

Braga, 4700
Portugal

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