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dc.contributor.authorFerrara, Samuel Josephen_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-21T08:00:20Z
dc.date.available2016-04-21T08:00:20Z
dc.date.issued2016-04-20en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:7663en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/70454
dc.description.abstractThe world of today allows groups of people who are geographically-distributed to communicate through information and communication technologies (ICTs). In the workplace, these geographically-distributed teams are referred to as virtual teams. Quantifying and understanding issues in virtual teams has been a focus of research for the past two decades. This thesis aims to quantify generational differences between the Millennials and the Baby Boomers in the context of virtual teams in the engineering and construction sectors. This thesis consists of two studies. The first study broadly focuses on generational differences in regards to cultural, temporal, and technological issues faced in virtual teams. The results from the first study show that Millennials may be better suited to deal with cultural and language differences as well as time-distributed team members when compared to the Baby Boomers. However, the results for the technology hypothesis were mixed and motivated further research. Therefore, the second study focused on generational differences in views on specific ICTs. This study found that Millennials favored some ICTs more than their Baby Boomer counterparts. However, these generations also had indistinguishable views for many of the ICTs examined. The second study shows that the digital divide between generations is true for certain technologies but is unobservable in others. This thesis indicates that Millennials have relative strengths when handling the difficulties of virtual teaming when compared to the Baby Boomers.en_US
dc.format.mediumETDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectVirtual Teamsen_US
dc.subjectGenerationsen_US
dc.subjectCultureen_US
dc.subjectTime Zonesen_US
dc.subjectInformation and Communication Technologiesen_US
dc.titleThe Generational Impact in Virtual Teamsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCivil and Environmental Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMSen_US
thesis.degree.nameMSen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCivil Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairTaylor, John Een_US
dc.contributor.committeememberGarvin, Michael Jen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberJavernick WIll, Amy Nicoleen_US


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