As multi-national firms and major offshore outsourcing companies develop experience with global work, their globally distributed teams face the challenge of collaborating intensely without the common interaction advantages associated with collocated work. This chapter analyzes the sources of intense collaboration. It then introduces strategies that organizations have developed to reduce the intensity of collaboration (sequentializing work, using mediating artifacts, modularity), or to enable intense teamwork (real time contact, boundary spanners). Strategy properties and deployment opportunities and constraints are indicated in order to equip managers and researchers with a framework for handling or analyzing globally distributed teamwork.

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Kumar, K., van Fenema, P., & von Glinow, M. A. (2004). Intense Collaboration In Globally Distributed Teams: Evolving Patterns Of Dependencies And Coordination (No. ERS-2004-052-LIS). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Retrieved from