What Happens to Global Virtual Teams When a Pandemic Hits? Maintaining Normalcy and Stability with Disruption All Around

  • Each year, the Virtual Business Professional (VBP) program brings together professors and students from across the globe to engage in client projects. The VBP program of 2020 occurred from the beginning of March through the middle of April. In this article, we share how the COVID-19 pandemic affected VBP participants and their teams. We present post-project survey results (completed by 440 of 530 participants for an 83 percent response rate), professor comments, and student comments to demonstrate how VBP participants overcame many of the pandemic disruptions to work effectively in virtual teams, develop compassion and empathy for one another, and foster more global mindsets.

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Author:Peter Cardon, Jolanta Aritz, Carolin Fleischmann, Terri Elhaddaoui, Kristen Getchell, Rose Helens-Hart, Kirsti Iivonen, Frank Insignares, Xiaoli Li, Minna Logemann, Juan Carlos Palmer-Silveira, Miguel Ruiz-Garrido, Archana Shrivastava, Scott Springer, James Stapp, Stephanie Swartz, Naomi Warren, Karen Woolstenhulme, Eigirdas Zemaitis
Parent Title (English):The Western ABC Bulletin
Document Type:Article (peer reviewed)
Publication Year:2020
Tag:Virtual Business Professional (VBP) program
Volume:Spring 2020