Book News: December 3rd, 2009

By Karen Sobel Lojeski

Karen Lojeski has distilled the essence of the leader’s role in ‘managing’ virtual teams. Her very relevant case stories illustrate that to be successful, the authentic leader must be able to create context and a collaborative lexicon for virtual knowledge sharing and must work diligently to build the social capital that is so vital to the success of virtual work groups.

Her key contribution in this and her previous book, Uniting the Virtual Workforce, is the ‘discovery’ and clear articulation of her theory of the Virtual Distance Index, which leaders can use to measure and manage the process of virtual teamwork.

She describes the challenge for the twenty-first-century leader who must, amidst the conditions of pressure, change, and transformation, bring human endeavor and action to value and meaning for others.

Published by Jossey-Bass ISBN: 978-0-470-42280-9. £16.99