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Making the Team: A Guide for Managers by Leigh L. Thompson

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Place-Time Model of Social Interaction

The place-time model is based on the options that teams have when working across different locations and times. It is useful to conceptualize teams in terms of their geographic location (together versus separated) and in terms of their temporal relationship (interacting in real time versus asynchronously). For any team meeting, there are four possibilities as depicted in the place-time model in Table 12-1. As might be suspected, communication and teamwork unfold differently face-to-face than they do via electronic media.

Richness is the potential information-carrying capacity of the communications medium. Communication media may be ordered on a continuum of richness, with face-to-face communication being ...

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