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An Investigation into Remote Leadership and Effectiveness of Technology in Leading Employees in Virtual Teams

English, Patrick (2017) An Investigation into Remote Leadership and Effectiveness of Technology in Leading Employees in Virtual Teams. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The purpose of this research is to complete an investigation into remote leadership and the effectiveness of technology in leading employees who work in virtual teams. This study focuses on the challenges presented to leaders in organisations where teams are unable to have face-to-face interaction primarily due to multi regional locations. It will also review the impact technology is currently having on leadership. The research process used to gather and collate information is that of semi-structured interviews with ten current Hewlett Packard employees. The participants were selected from a cross functional multi locational Supply Chain encompassing employees from Ireland, Singapore, Malaysia and Corvallis (USA).

Qualitative research was chosen as the research method for this study as the interviewer perceived it provided the flexibility required to gather the best data to capture the perceptions and experiences of the employees in the company during the time period allowed. The interviews were in a semi-structured format. Bogner, Littig, & Menz (2009), suggested that interviews were a very effective method to use when collecting data for qualitative research. They provided the interviewer the flexibility to customise specific questions that were of interest to this research and the ability to probe a deeper opinion from participants if required.

Once the data was captured the interviewer was able to use a comprehensive and systematic approach to analyse the data as suggested by both (Patton, 2015) and (Silverman, 2016) to create findings, conclusions, recommendations and suggestions for further research.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General) > Information Technology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > Leadership
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management > Leadership
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Business Administration
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2017 10:06
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/2866

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