The specific challenges that small and medium-sized enterprises face with the implementation of virtual teams

  • Alia Cheraït (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) embarking on the implementation of virtual teams encounter a myriad of challenges that demand attention and strategic resolution. This dissertation aims to shed light on the specific hurdles faced by SMEs in the process of integrating virtual teams into their operational frameworks. The study employs a comprehensive examination of the challenges, drawing insights from a diverse array of industries and organizational structures. Key obstacles identified include issues related to communication and collaboration, technology infrastructure, team cohesion, leadership adaptation, and the management of remote work dynamics. These challenges are often exacerbated by resource constraints and limited access to specialized expertise within SMEs. Addressing these impediments is critical for SMEs striving to harness the benefits of virtual teams, such as increased flexibility, access to global talent pools, and enhanced productivity. By synthesizing current literature, empirical evidence, and practical experiences, this dissertation aims to contribute valuable insights into the unique challenges faced by SMEs during the implementation of virtual teams, offering a foundation for the development of targeted strategies and best practices to foster successful integration in the evolving landscape of modern work.
Date of Award2 Feb 2024
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorAna Paula Giordano Silva Gonçalves (Supervisor)


  • Virtual teams challenges
  • SMEs
  • Communication
  • Technology
  • Team building


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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