Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Decision Making - Virtual Workplaces

In the last byte, we looked at the role Group Decision Support Systems play. In today's byte, we begin our discussion on the shift decision making process has to take in case of Virtual Workplaces.

Virtual workplace refers to the modern day work environment where managers face scenarios of flexibility in workplace independent or unconstrained by geography, time and organizational boundaries. Virtual teams today could be seen as a work arrangement where the co-workers are disbursed geographically and would require a combination of telecommunication and information technology to accomplish the task at hand. These teams rarely have face-to-face meetings and the membership involved changes according to the project requirements at hand.

The decisions made in these virtual teams would need the following three components for communication and decision making:
  1. Desktop Videoconferencing Systems (DVCS)
  2. Group Decision Support Systems (GDSS)
  3. Internet/intranet systems
While we have already discussed the GDSS in the earlier section, we shall discuss about this in the context of these virtual teams. Over the next byte, we shall attempt understanding these three components.

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