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It might not seem positive to start by examining failure, but if you are to understand what makes a great virtual team, it seems a good idea to start by looking at what not to do. Some of the numbers in this selection are sobering. According to various studies quoted by the authors, only 18 percent of all virtual teams were found to be "highly successful," and between one-quarter and one-third were underperforming. Now, obviously not all traditional teams are paragons of efficiency and high performance, but still, those numbers suggest there are particular challenges in managing virtually. So, what goes wrong?