In a virtual team environment, distributed team members work primarily through electronic communication channels across different time/geography for the duration of the project (Knoll and Jarvenpaa 1995; Yoo 1995). Effective leadership, among many others, is believed to play an important role in enhancing the effectiveness of virtual teams. Despite decades of leadership research, however, little is known about leadership in virtual team environments. This study is intended to fill this gap.
Yoo, Youngjin and Alavi, Maryam, "Emergence of Leadership and Its Impact on Group Performance in Virtual Team Environments: A Field Study" (1996). ICIS 1996 Proceedings. 33.