American Executive Magazine Showcases Virtual Distance

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I hope this message finds you all well.  I thought you might like to see the latest article on Virtual Distance showcased in American Executive Magazine.


Global Strategies: Virtual Distance
Written by Dr. Karen Sobel Lojeski and Dr. Richard Reilly   
Sunday, 01 May 2011 00:00
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Smartphones, web conferencing, telecommuting, and global virtual teams are just a few of the technological changes that have radically altered the way we collaborate and conduct business today. We can maintain contact with our customers and coworkers at any time and from almost any place. We can instantly call someone across the globe on Skype or conduct a meeting with our global team using high definition video conferencing. Physical distance is no longer a barrier to a face-to-face conversation—or is it?
Despite the amazing evolution of communications technology, physical distance still affects how we interact. For example, a recent experiment showed that believing an anonymous online partner was in the same city (versus across the country) influenced the level of trust and cooperation on a problem-solving task. 
Global Strategies: Virtual Distance
When the subject thought that they were further away, they tended to be less persuasive and deceive the other person more than when they thought they were closer. Even more important are other factors that create what we call virtual distance. 


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