A team that has to work partially or solely electronically – using Internet and telephony based tools are becoming more common. These teams are often made up of individuals living in different time zones and often on different continents. As you can imagine this arrangement brings its own challenges. If distributed work teams have not appeared in your workplace yet – they may be closer than you think.

Michael Sampson is an IT industry analyst, corporate trainer and business consultant. His blog is a great resource for anyone interested in creating greater collaboration through technology.