Generational Differences in Virtual Teaming in the United States: Culture, Time, and Technology

dc.contributor.authorFerrara, Samuel J.en
dc.contributor.authorMohammadi, Nedaen
dc.contributor.authorTaylor, John E.en
dc.contributor.authorJavernick-Will, Amy N.en
dc.contributor.departmentCivil and Environmental Engineeringen
dc.description.abstractThe globalization of the workplace has led to the extensive use of virtual teams. Virtual teams are groups of geographically distributed workers that use technology to collaborate and communicate. Due to their geographic distribution, these teams experience high levels of cultural diversity and time dispersion among team members. Millennials and Baby Boomers in the United States have been reported as having differing views in regards to cultural diversity, time, and technology in the workplace. These differing views could lead to conflict and poor performing virtual teams. However, there is a lack of research on generational differences in the context of virtual teams. This study sought to quantify these generational differences (or lack thereof) in virtual teams, focusing specifically on differences between Baby Boomers and Millennials working in the fields of engineering and construction. The results show that Millennials may have relative strengths related to handling cultural diversity, time-distributed team members, and technology use in the context of a virtual team when compared to Baby Boomers. These findings will help inform virtual team leaders by allowing them to better leverage their team members' strengths.en
dc.description.notesThis material is based upon work supported by the Construction Industry Institute (CII), and under research conducted by the CII Research Team 326 - Maximizing Virtual Team Performance in the Construction Industry. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Construction Industry Institute. The authors would like to thank the members of the research team that developed and distributed the survey that was used in this study. The authors would also like to thank anonymous participants of the survey for their time and effort in completing the survey.en
dc.description.sponsorshipConstruction Industry Institute (CII)en
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution 4.0 Internationalen
dc.subjectbaby boomersen
dc.subjectvirtual teamsen
dc.titleGenerational Differences in Virtual Teaming in the United States: Culture, Time, and Technologyen
dc.title.serialJournal of Information Technology in Constructionen
dc.typeArticle - Refereeden


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