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Local Motives and Virtual Team Success: Inverting the Normative Views of Team Goal Commitment and Hidden Agendas

Julie Rennecker
Case Western Reserve University, USA


Abstract
This paper challenges the normative conception of the relationships of team goals and hidden agendas to team performance. In a 23-month participant observation study of a successful multi-organizational virtual team, I found that the members’ actions were consistently motivated by local considerations. Based on these findings, I argue that team goal commitment may be an inappropriate goal for many virtual teams and offer an alternative model for the relationship between a virtual team goal and team performance.

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Reference:Rennecker, J. (2004). "Local Motives and Virtual Team Success: Inverting the Normative Views of Team Goal Commitment and Hidden Agendas," Case Western Reserve University, USA . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 4(5). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/4-5
Keywords:Virtual teams, Team goal, Hidden agenda, Commitment, Participation, Team performance, Multi-organizational virtual team
Item Type:Article - Volume 4 Article 5 (2004)
Language:English
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