Ashford University W6 Virtual

 Reflection and Shared Practice

Working in teams, in general, can be challenging. Because of the global transformation of business, virtual teams have become more common. The success of this type of collaboration is dependent upon not only technology, but on team members’ ability to adopt new ways of thinking and working. In addition, managing intercultural communication may become more profound in this type of environment. An effective virtual team aligns its mission, clarifies team members’ roles, and understands differing communication styles as a means to optimize its virtual workspace.

To prepare for this Discussion:

  • Review this week’s Learning Resources, especially:
  • Quintanilla, K. M., & Wahl, S. T. (2020). Business      and professional communication: KEYS for workplace excellence (4th ed.)      Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
    • Chapter 5, “Getting to Know       Your Diverse Workplace”
  • Lepsinger, R. (2012). The virtual challenge: It’s more      than cultural differences. People and Strategy, 35(1), 10–11.
  • Radovic-Markovic, M., Grozdanic, R., & Markovic, D.      (2012). The impact of virtual culture on effective communication in      virtual organizations. Metalurgia International, 17(10),      172–175.
  • TED. (Producer). (2017, October). Rocío Lorenzo: How      diversity makes teams more innovative [Video file]. Retrieved from

APA 7th Edition Note

NOTE: Walden University currently uses the seventh edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) as the accepted standard for citations, references, and writing style guidelines. Please be sure to consult the seventh edition of the APA manual.

Please remember you will want to ensure the complete support of your paper’s position(s). This means providing in-text citations throughout your paper. A good rule of thumb is one citation per paragraph, for each paragraph of your paper. 

Post a cohesive response based on your analysis of the Learning Resources and your professional experience. Be sure to discuss ALL the following:

  • Reflect on your personal experience in working in a      virtual team environment (professional or academic) and analyze the      influence of various dimensions of diversity on communication behaviors.
         *If you do not have professional experience working in a virtual team,      then reflect upon your prior sessions as a Walden University      student.  Although you may not have had any team-based assignments,      this online learning experience mirrors many of the principles and      practices of working in a virtual environment in which students are highly      dependent upon each other and the professor for certain outcomes.
  • Discuss your experience working in a virtual team      environment to include the logistics or mechanics of your interactions      with team members (i.e., conference calls, e-mail, etc.).
  • Discuss your experience with using web-based      collaboration tools; if you do not have any direct experience, discuss how      you could leverage these tools in your organization.
  • Describe some of the challenges you faced and how you      adapted or overcame those challenges.
  • Discuss the forms of diversity you encountered.
  • Referring back to Weeks 4 and 5, how might      your virtual interactions have been different if the team members were in      a co-location?