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Motivation in Virtual Project Management: On the Challenges of Engaging Virtual Teams and the Features of Project Software
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Information Systems and Project Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0501-2217
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As global markets transcend nationalities in search for key advantages in cost,quality and flexibility, the once unbridgeable limit of geographical location isovercome by faster Internet speed lines, online services and tools that allowindividuals and businesses to interact regardless of space and time.

This thesis studies the transition from traditional project management to virtualenvironments and the impact that this new paradigm has over dispersed teamsand their interactions among themselves and the project manager.

The focus of the study lays on the concept of motivation within virtual projectmanagement and the role of the project manager to overcome the specificchallenges of this new working scenario. Additionally, parallels are drawn on themotivation features that virtual project management systems offer to projectmanagers as well as team members.

This study shows the importance of bridging the difficulties of motivatingdispersed teams and how traditional techniques of motivation have a muchlesser impact on team members. The idea of progress and self accomplishmentare brought forth as the strongest motivators for dispersed teams.

Finally, this study exposes the shortcomings of current projectware as a tool tomotivate teams and explores the idea of applying gamification techniques tothese software packages to lift the motivation responsibilities off the shoulders ofproject managers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 80 p.
Keyword [en]
Motivation, Virtual Projects, Project Management, Virtual Teams, Progress, Virtual Project Management Systems, Projectware, Gamification
National Category
Information Systems, Social aspects
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-27432Local ID: PL:1OAI: diva2:624038
Subject / course
Project Leadership
Available from: 2013-08-06 Created: 2013-05-29 Last updated: 2013-08-06Bibliographically approved

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