Are Virtual Reality team shooters actually useful for VR team building?

2021-08-23T12:34:32+01:00August 4th, 2021|Blog, Team Building, VR Leadership, VR Training|

  On our travels around the world, we have tried many public virtual reality (VR) experiences and a large number of these use the team shooter format. On initial inspection this would seem a natural choice for group teamwork. Research (Ballestin et al, 2020) suggests that the mix of immersive gameplay and interesting tasks would [...]

COOL! VR and the Gate Control Theory of Pain

2021-08-23T12:50:24+01:00July 11th, 2021|Blog, Team Building, VR News|

Most people feel pain on a regular basis. We’ve all stubbed our toe or hit our head on a cupboard door. Our first instinct is to rub the area that’s in pain, this is because when we rub a painful area, the pain reduces. This is the underlying concept of gate control theory (GCT). Gate [...]

Team Development Using VR – Efficiency, Trust and Synchronous Working

2021-08-23T13:03:52+01:00February 10th, 2021|Team Building|

Virtual teams have been defined as teams that rarely meet face to face and mainly communicate via email, or chat. These types of teams usually follow an asynchronously type of work, and have defining characteristics, such as a distribution of members across time, geography or both (Corbitt, Gardiner & Wright, 2004). Organizations can benefit greatly [...]

VR Team Building And The Ringelmann Effect

2021-08-23T13:04:27+01:00November 22nd, 2020|Blog, Team Building|

The Ringelmann Effect, also known as social loafing, was named after Maximilien Ringelmann, a French agricultural engineer born in the 1860’s (Kravitz & Martin, 1986). When examining the efficiency of groups at completing basic agricultural tasks, Ringelmann noted that as group size increased, the performance per individual decreased (Kravitz & Martin, 1986). In his rudimentary [...]

The Future Of Team Building Is VR

2021-08-23T13:41:25+01:00August 13th, 2020|Team Building|

Team building is the first step that needs to be taken when striving for developing high performance teams. A good amount of field research has showcased that team traits such as better interpersonal relationships, increased creativity, improved decision making and problem solving, are boosted through the practice of team –building activities. And this is reasonable, [...]

Team Transparency: A delicate but winning formula

2021-08-23T12:19:54+01:00April 16th, 2020|Team Building|

  Beyond logistics In contemporary tech-driven, dynamic markets, jobs have become even more complex and agile. Agility requires collective intelligence, that is people working together in innovative -sometimes disruptive- ways. Indeed, firms’ revenue and sustained competitive advantage are now realized through teamwork, not 'lone wolfs'. What is more, organizational success is achieved not through any [...]

Virtual Reality at the service of effective diversity

2021-08-23T12:02:49+01:00March 26th, 2020|Team Building|

  Diversity; a strategic choice As showcased earlier (see previous post on High performance teams) high performance teams function on the basis of twelve interrelated traits grouped into three higher order ‘families’: team culture, team structures, team processes. Zooming into our model, we highlighted that out of all three dimensions the very basis of a [...]

Is VR the future of team building?

2021-08-23T13:27:36+01:00February 19th, 2020|Team Building|

  The benefits of team building to a business has long been proven, even if it isn’t always to everyone’s liking. It can be a highly effective way of generating and maintaining a positive working environment and getting staff to form new bonds with each other. Employees will learn more about their colleagues, including their [...]

High Performance Teams: A Team – Building Blueprint

2021-08-23T07:09:31+01:00February 16th, 2020|Team Building|

Running up the steep hill As discussed in our previous thesis, it is key for managers to arm themselves with the knowledge of the team performance-team maturity relationship. In doing so, they are able to identify the nature of groups they are currently working with, as well as the team ‘archetype’ they should be aiming [...]

The first (and toughest) Team Building question: is my Team really a Team?

2021-08-23T12:05:18+01:00February 2nd, 2020|Team Building|

Why Teams? Change has grown to be one of a few constants for contemporary organizations (Elrod & Tippett, 1999). In today’s dynamic business landscape, a firm can no longer secure sustained competitive advantage by the employment of traditional strategies. Instead it is the organization’s resilience capacity (Lengnick-Hall & Beck, 2009), essentially its ability to adapt [...]

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