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Nanyang Business School - Undergraduate Programmes

Course Description

BU9601 Leading Virtual Teams

Acad Unit: 3
Pre-requisite: NIL

Course Description:

Virtual teams have been increasingly common in organizations during the past two decades as a result of globalization and advancement in technology. The pandemic in 2020 has made working virtually an essential part of one’s work life. Some world-leading companies such as Facebook has started planning for employees to work from home permanently (“within a decade as many as half of the company’s more than 48,000 employees would work from home” according to Mark Zuckerberg, May 21, 2020, The New York Times). As Covid-19 has changed our lives and the way people work, it is important and timely to understand how virtual teams work. Virtual teams will not only determine the fate of organizations, but also affect the personal, social, and professional lives of individuals. The importance and complexity of virtual teams have attracted researchers worldwide to conduct hundreds of scientific studies over the years. As can be foreseen, more attention will be paid to virtual teams in the years to come in a post-pandemic world. This course provides an in-depth presentation and discussion of theories regarding virtual teams, frontier research findings on virtual teams, how they apply to our real-life situations, and opportunities to practice and develop the skills to take part in and eventually to lead virtual teams in our future professional lives.