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Overview

Praise for Uniting the Virtual Workforce

"Uniting the Virtual Workforce offers much-needed guidance on how to navigate the largely unmapped territory of virtual work environments in the global economy. The authors do an outstanding job of presenting how organizations should address the challenges of virtual workforces so as to reap the huge potential benefits of increased growth, productivity, and innovation."
—C. Warren Axelrod, PhD, Chief Privacy Officer and Business Information Security Officer, U.S. Trust, and author of Outsourcing Information Security

"Lojeski and Reilly bring us something that readers of business books so rarely get—no nonsense practical guidance on how to manage distance, especially where it most often serves as an impediment to working effectively.? If you interface with widely dispersed team members who rarely see one another and communicate by virtue of impersonal electronics, you may expect to find this book provocative, counterintuitive, and above all, exciting. It gives all of us who have to struggle, while working with talent stretched across distance, hope, that maybe there are ways to do this right!"
—Patrick J. McKenna, author of First Among Equals?

"A must-read for global corporate executives who manage geographically dispersed job sharing teams. Practical strategies for preventing productivity loss and optimizing innovation. The authors pull no punches in showing the real downsides to the virtual work phenomenon; they have done a great service for us all."
—Jeff Saperstein, author of Creating Regional Wealth in the Innovation Economy

"Uniting the Virtual Workforce charts the course for competing in the twenty-first century by tapping into the powers of virtual work. Any manager who ignores the virtual workforce is underperforming, and any company or organization that does not appreciate virtual work is already at a competitive disadvantage. Karen and Dick have tapped into a key ingredient in the recipe for global growth."
—Jerry MacArthur Hultin, President, Polytechnic University, and former Under Secretary of the Navy

"Authors Sobel Lojeski and Reilly have provided a useful primer for the harried executive striving for productivity improvements while seeing the workload expand and the workforce disperse. Using conceptual definitions of Physical, Operational, and Affinity Distance to describe the multifaceted dimensions of building teams of people to work effectively together, the authors construct a very powerful set of metrics for a manager to improve the capability of his or her workgroup, no matter where it resides or how it is composed. The book is rich in anecdotes and specific studies that illustrate the concepts in an engaging, pertinent, and easy-to-understand manner. In an age of outsourcing, offshoring, and decentralizing groups of people who have to get things done together, reading this small book will repay itself many times over."
—Charles House, Director, Media X Lab at Stanford University, and former Director of the Societal Impact of Technology, Intel Corporation

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470193952
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/11/2008
  • Series: Microsoft Executive Leadership Series , #2
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 526,951
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Sobel Lojeski, PhD, is CEO of Virtual Distance International, a consulting firm specializing in measuring and managing the impact of virtual distance in the workforce; a contributing writer to CIOInsight.com; and a popular speaker on Virtual Distance and the impact it has on today's workplace.

Richard R. Reilly, PhD, is a Professor of Management at the Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management at the Stevens Institute of Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Virtual Distance International.? He is the coauthor of Blockbusters: The Five Keys to Developing Great New Products.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Introduction. The Road to Virtual Distance.

Chapter 1. Redefining Distance.

Chapter 2. Meeting Virtual Distance.

Chapter 3. Measuring Virtual Distance.

Chapter 4. Mapping Virtual Distance.

Chapter 5. Managing Virtual Distance.

Chapter 6. Re-Defining Teams.

Chapter 7. Ambassadorial Leadership.

Chapter 8. Innovation.

Chapter 9. Technology: The Elephant in the Room.

Chapter 10. The Future.

Index.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    Virtual Distance

    If you work with virtual teams, this book is a must! This should be required reading before any manager or executive undertakes building a virtual team.
    This book covers the topic of virtual distance and its impact on virtual teams. The book covers how to measure virtual distance and how to reduce the impact. Several different aspects of distance on virtual teams are discussed including several aspects most other books ignore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2008

    Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise

    Dr. Lojeski and Dr. Reilly have shown there are more productive ways to operate overseas in Asian and Middle-Asian/Eastern markets. Companies that work out of the upper block need to read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise

    Highly recommended... This book is the first publication that deals with the truth of the price tag in doing business with core groups segmented across the globe, or across the country. Every executive and director of segmented workforces, even if they are localized or regional, should read this book. Twice if necessary, in order to understand the dollars and sense of working people through technology.

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