Virtual Teamwork: A Product of Globalization

Implications for University Education
  • Rainer Lenz
  • Carlos Machado
Part of the Advances in Business Education and Training book series (ABET, volume 1)


With globalization, virtual teamwork is becoming the predominant type of labor organization within multinational companies. Empirical studies on this new form of teamwork show that besides requiring specific knowledge, this teamwork requires social skills, as well as media and methodological competencies. The Bologna-Process has produced, for European universities, a clear framework on how to prepare young professionals for the challenges of their future working lives by focusing on extra-curricular activities and developing personal core competencies. Accordingly, this chapter outlines how to prepare students for work in a virtual team environment, which requires fundamental reforms to university education. A key element of proposed reforms is the introduction of Collaborative Computer Supported Learning as the leading didactic principle, especially in postgraduate studies.

Key Words

Virtual teamwork competences computer-supported collaborative learning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Lenz
    • 1
  • Carlos Machado
  1. 1.University of Applied Sciences BielefeldGermany

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