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Effective Virtual Project Teams

A Design Science Approach to Building a Strategic Momentum


Part of the Future of Business and Finance book series (FBF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Raymond Opdenakker, Carin Cuypers
    Pages 1-15
  3. Raymond Opdenakker, Carin Cuypers
    Pages 17-37
  4. Raymond Opdenakker, Carin Cuypers
    Pages 39-58
  5. Raymond Opdenakker, Carin Cuypers
    Pages 59-153
  6. Raymond Opdenakker, Carin Cuypers
    Pages 213-219
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 221-236

About this book


Collaborating in virtual teams is a new reality in modern project management and work environments. Its emergence calls for an extensive analysis and re-alignment on the part of organizations, so as to help virtual teams maintain 'strategic momentum' – a concept that this book introduces. Strategic momentum represents perseverance with regard to pursuing a virtual team’s strategy; a 'flywheel'  concept that drives the team members to concentrate on the project tasks until they have reached their shared goal.  

The authors present a design science based model, together with an in-depth qualitative study involving eight virtual R&D project teams. In this model, strategic momentum is assessed in terms of empowerment, team task insight, and collective commitment. These three determinants can be promoted and sustained by various contextual factors and interventions on the part of the management. The authors also provide a wealth of practical tips to help practitioners and consultants generate and sustain strategic momentum in their own contexts when working with virtual teams.



Managing virtual project teams Design science approach to team management Design science research and HR management Goal seeking behavior Design science research cycle Horizontal organizational structures Networked teams Team strategy in virtual environments

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Bureau LaraMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Bureau LaraMaastrichtThe Netherlands

About the authors

Dr. Raymond Opdenakker and Carin Cuypers MSc MSc CMC, run their teaching and consultancy practice, Bureau Lara, in The Netherlands.

Raymond Opdenakker is academically affiliated with the Open University of The Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology (EIT), and the Master School of EIT Digital. He has authored, most often with Carin Cuypers, up to 80 articles and ten books on diverse business issues.

Carin Cuypers studied Law and Governance (business and public). She is also affiliated to the Open University of the Netherlands. She has authored up to 60 articles and eight books on diverse business issues.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Effective Virtual Project Teams
  • Book Subtitle A Design Science Approach to Building a Strategic Momentum
  • Authors Raymond Opdenakker
    Carin Cuypers
  • Series Title Future of Business and Finance
  • Series Abbreviated Title Future of bus. & Finance
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-22227-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-22230-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-22228-4
  • Series ISSN 2662-2467
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-2475
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Project Management
    Human Resource Management
    Business Information Systems
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