Coaching with Global Virtual Teams

An action learning perspective

Authored by: Geoffrey Abbott

The Routledge Companion to International Business Coaching

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  December  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415458757
eBook ISBN: 9780203886793
Adobe ISBN: 9781134047154

10.4324/9780203886793.ch18

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Abstract

Virtual business is a hot topic in management literature. In particular, global virtual teams (GVTs) are getting attention. The recent attention on GVTs is not because experts and futurists are predicting the advent of this kind of management and collaborative approach; it is because it is already here. Virtual work and virtual teaming have not received the same attention in the burgeoning coaching literature. The focus of this chapter is the intersection between the advent of management by technology across borders and international business coaching practice. The analysis is informed by action research and action learning methodologies, based originally on the work of Kurt Lewin (1946) and more recently by Greenwood and Levin (1998) and others.

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