A new model for virtual team building and leadership in the German automotive industry

Quade, Anatoli (2021) A new model for virtual team building and leadership in the German automotive industry. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire. doi:10.46289/JG39XN16

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A virtual team building and leadership model, which addresses continuous improvement or change in the way teams collaborate remotely, would be an asset to the automotive industry. The purpose of this research is to examine how such a model can be created and be used as a guide for virtual team building and leadership in this industry. This model can be used to encourage teamwork, but also to provide a positive influence on the leader of the team, which in turn has a positive impact on project outcomes. Projects in the automotive industry are typically complex, subject to tight schedules and rapidly deployed. A model for team building and leadership that is time-saving due to the automation of internal team processes and promotion of individual autonomy is therefore appropriate and of value. This study presents a theoretical model with five main stages that looks at virtual team building and leadership, namely Creation, Organisation, Relationship Building, Performance and Evaluation, and Sign-off & Closure (for which the acronym V-CORPS is used). The research design is based on an online survey followed by interviews of employees in a large US automotive supplier company based in Germany. The approach is qualitative, inductive and uses eighteen semi-structured interviews from different levels of management providing data to build the model. This model was then refined through an online survey with a reduced number of experts. The findings provide material for the creation of a model that can be used as a guide for virtual and co-located team building and leadership in the automotive industry. The guide can also be used to optimise already established teams. Since the model was not only built but also evaluated by the experts, it can be applied in an operational context. In general, applying the V-CORPS model offers a new approach to structured team building and leadership in the automotive industry.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Wynn, Martinmwynn@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/martin-wynn/
Dawson, Davidddawson@glos.ac.ukhttps://www.glos.ac.uk/staff/profile/david-dawson/
Additional Information: The thesis has been received and is awaiting accessibility conversion.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Leadership; Automotive industry, Germany; Virtual team building
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > HD66 Work groups. Team work in industry. Quality circles
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2022 09:22
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2022 09:22
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11654

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