Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise / Edition 1

Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise / Edition 1

by Karen Sobel Lojeski, Richard R. Reilly
     
 

Uniting the Virtual Workforce

As our society continues its transition from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, new challenges are being introduced into the workplace, giving rise to a new pheno-menon, Virtual Distance, comprised of three major axes: physical distance—geographic, time zone, or organizational; operational distance—multitasking,

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Uniting the Virtual Workforce

As our society continues its transition from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, new challenges are being introduced into the workplace, giving rise to a new pheno-menon, Virtual Distance, comprised of three major axes: physical distance—geographic, time zone, or organizational; operational distance—multitasking, communication problems, and technical difficulties; and affinity distance—cultural differences, interdependence distance, working relationships, and social distance.

Part of Wiley's Microsoft Executive Leadership series, Uniting the Virtual Workforce introduces the concept of Virtual Distance to show businesses the definite costs to doing work in a virtual environment. It then goes a step further and offers proven methods for measuring these costs and guidance on managing them.

Wherever your organization is in its under-standing of virtual Distance, Uniting the Virtual Workforce covers:

  • How-the transition to a "virtual" workforce creates real challenges'to collaboration and innovation and how to measure and manage the impact
  • How Virtual Distance impacts productivity and innovation and offers insight and guidance on how to manage these new risks
  • A historical perspective on "distance," exposing the so-called "death of distance" as a myth, and showing how our understanding of distance in the virtual workplace must include psychological, as well as physical, spaces

Today, almost all organizations are struggling with the impact that virtualization is having on the workplace. Yet, a full comprehension of the costs of virtualization is lacking. Uniting the Virtual Workforce: Transforming Leadership and Innovation in the Globally Integrated Enterprise presents a better understanding of Virtual Distance and the impact it has on people and performance in today's workplace, providing the essential tools necessary for minimizing its impact going forward.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470193952
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/11/2008
Series:
Microsoft Executive Leadership Series, #2
Pages:
204
Sales rank:
990,879
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: The Road to Virtual Distance 1

PART ONE: MEETING, MEASURING, MAPPING, AND MANAGING VIRTUAL DISTANCE 7

Chapter 1: Redefining Distance 9

Chapter 2: Meeting Virtual Distance 25

Chapter 3: Measuring Virtual Distance 51

Chapter 4: Mapping Virtual Distance 71

Chapter 5: Managing Virtual Distance 89

PART TWO: HIGH-IMPACT VIRTUAL DISTANCE STRATEGIES 107

Chapter 6: Redefining Teams 109

Chapter 7: Ambassadorial Leadership 123

Chapter 8: Re-imagining Innovation 143

Chapter 9: Technology: The Elephant in the Room 161

Chapter 10: The Future 187

Index 199

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