In this paper virtual teams are defined as living systems and as such made up of people with different needs and characteristics. Groups generally perform better when they are able to establish a high level of group cohesion. According to Druskat and Wolff  this status can be reached by establishing group emotional intelligence. Group emotional intelligence is reached via interactions among members and the interactions are allowed through the disposable linking factors. Virtual linking factors differ from traditional linking factors; therefore, the concept of Virtual Emotional Intelligence is here introduced in order to distinguish the group cohesion reaching process in virtual teams
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