Structuring Successful Global Virtual Teams

  • Stephanie A. MiloslavicEmail author
  • Jessica L. Wildman
  • Amanda L. Thayer


The purpose of this chapter is to summarize the theoretical and empirical research on global teams and synthesize useful recommendations for organizations seeking to compose global teams. First, we will discuss the characteristics that are likely to exist in what we refer to as global teams (e.g., distribution, multiple cultures, and time zone differences). Second, we will review the Wildman and colleagues (Human Resource Development Review 11:97–129, 2012) framework of team-level characteristics. Theoretical and empirical research on global teams will be described. Additionally, practical recommendations for global team leaders will be made by using the team-level characteristics framework as a basis for the suggestions.


Global team Global virtual team Culture Leadership Communication Structure Team design 



This research was supported by the United States Army Research Laboratory and the United States Army Research Office under Grant W911NF-08-1-0144. The views in this work are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect official Army policy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephanie A. Miloslavic
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jessica L. Wildman
    • 2
  • Amanda L. Thayer
    • 3
  1. 1.National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Kennedy Space CenterCape CanaveralUSA
  2. 2.School of Psychology and Institute for Cross Cultural Management, Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology and Institute for Simulation and TrainingUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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