Basser Seminar Series

Virtual Teams in Reality

Professor Douglas R. Vogel
City University, Hong Kong

Monday 10 July 2006, 11am - 12pm (Note different day and time)

School of IT Building, Room 123


Virtual teams are increasingly commonplace in organizations as a key element of distributed work, often in multi-cultural contexts. Technological capability coupled with organizational intent is creating a unique environment in which virtual teams are flourishing. However, many challenges remain. This presentation will address a number of technological and behavioural issues. Special attention will be given to creativity support for engineering teams using a mix of synchronous and asynchronous technologies. Experiences from Philips Software and other global development teams will be reported.

Speaker's biography

Douglas R. Vogel is Professor (Chair) of Information Systems at the City University of Hong Kong and an AIS Fellow. He received his M.S. in Computer Science from U.C.L.A. in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Minnesota in 1986. Professor Vogel has published widely and directed extensive research on group support systems, knowledge management, technology support for education and virtual teams. His research interests bridge the business and academic communities in addressing questions of the impact of information systems on aspects of interpersonal communication, group problem solving, cooperative learning, multi- cultural team productivity and knowledge sharing. Professor Vogel is especially active in introducing technology into enterprises and educational systems and researching mobile applications. Additional detail can be found at