Margaret R. Lee – Leading Virtual Project Teams

leading virtual teamsIn Leading Virtual Project Teams: Adapting Leadership Theories and Communications Techniques to 21st Century Organizations, Margaret R. Lee explores the challenges for contemporary project managers that cannot or should not rely on command & control or laissez-faire management styles anymore conducting their projects. While collocated teams in a single location nowadays are the exemption to the rule, you can’t exclude team members residing elsewhere from your information loop. You have to share knowledge, project files, issues and risks. High tech tools aren’t necessary at all. Internet connection, VOIP or IM tools with video will help a lot. Situational leadership, in the past applied to boss-subordinate settings have to be altered into team-oriented approaches. E-leadership in this book gets the meaning of evolving leadership, agility is used, not to describe approaches like Scrum or XP, but to paint the ever moving environment and necessary skills of a project manager. Different cultural settings, traditions of boldness and shyness, and means for motivating and communicating. Lee applies both traditional leadership theories and models and fresh insights to contemporary projects. Case studies will support your understanding of the ways to face your challenges. A practical help beyond traditional project management text books.

About the author

Margaret R. Lee, PhD, PMP®, has a doctorate in organization and management/project management from Capella University and is principal for LEE Consultants. Lee’s consulting practice assists educational facilities in strategically planning virtual project management and e-leadership development curricula and also provides basic project management training and consultation for small businesses to international corporations.

LEE Consultants is a Registered Education Provider (REP) for the Project Management Institute (PMI). Lee’s professional experience includes corporate trainer, instructional designer, and project manager. She currently teaches at Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois, and Benedictine University in Springfield, Illinois. She also teaches online for Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Northwestern Ohio and is a frequent guest presenter at the University of Wisconsin–Madison Fluno Center for Executive Education and for Project Management Institute chapters throughout the United States.

Lee is a referee for the International Journal of Project Management, is on the editorial review board for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and was a reviewer for the 2012 PMI’s Research & Education Conference. An active member of the PMI Central Illinois chapter, she is a facilitator for their Springfield, Illinois, division’s PMP Exam Review Course Certification Training. Her recent presentations include “Using Discussion Forum Rubrics as a Teaching Strategy to Enhance Collaborative Learning in Online Courses” at the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (ACCE) World Conference on Educational Media and Technology; “Stakeholder Management” for the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Business Fluno Center for Executive Education; and “Moving beyond the Ordinary Project Management Curriculum at the Graduate Level” as a panel symposium member at the PMI’s Research and Education Conference.