The Impact of Communication Structure and Interpersonal Dependencies on Distributed Teams
In the past decade, the authors have witnessed an explosive growth of the Web, online communities, and social media. This has led to a substantial increase in the range and scope of electronic communication and distributed collaboration. In distributed teams, social communication is thought to be critical for creating and sustaining relationships, but there is often limited opportunity for team members to build interpersonal connections through face to face interactions. Although social science research has examined some relational aspects of distributed teams, this paper has only recently begun to explore the potentially complex relationship between communication, interpersonal relationship formation, and the effectiveness of distributed teams.