Computer supported teams are capturing the attention of academics and practitioners as organisations increasingly put them into practice as virtual teams. The practical relevance of current research into computer supported teams could be increased if greater attention is paid to organisational challenges as they form the context within which virtual teamwork takes place. A model of organisational challenges mapped against processes of adaptation is developed to highlight principle factors affecting virtual teams. A sample of current research groups studying computer-supported teams is plotted onto this map to reveal the extent to which current research addresses these contextual factors. From this map insights are distilled with respect to what is known and is not known about virtual teams. This paper concludes with specific research needs in the study of virtual teams.

adaptation, group support systems, structuration, virtual teamwork, virtuality
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Qureshi, S, & Vogel, D.R. (2000). Adaptivenes in Virtual Teams (No. ERS-2000-20-LIS). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from