Virtual teams are commonplace today and their evolving use continues to raise a variety of interesting research questions. One specific type of virtual team is the interdisciplinary team, where team members have very different backgrounds on a variety of dimensions. A central challenge in such teams is achieving shared understanding to identify and move forward on new initiatives. We describe an initial concept and study for investigating technology and process structures to help members of an interdisciplinary virtual team identify and engage in new initiatives. We propose the concept of a “virtual foyer” as a mechanism by which team members can congregate around new ideas. The prototype implementation of the concept is described along with implications for further development and research.
Murphy, John D. and Zigurs, Ilze, "Swarming Around New Initiatives: A Virtual Foyer for Interdisciplinary Teams" (2008). MWAIS 2008 Proceedings. Paper 23.