International Virtual Teams: Engineering Global Success

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Dr. Brewer presents a complete guide to international virtual team communication with the most up-to-date research developments in the engineering workplace on a global scale, and a problem-solving approach to using and communicating in virtual teams.

  • Presents guidelines heavily based on empirical data
  • Application of virtual team communication guidelines to the field of engineering
  • Provides strategies and sample projects for teaching
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About the author

Pam Estes Brewer, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Technical Communication at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is on the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication and Technical Communication, and is a Senior Member and Associate Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) as well as a member of the IEEE Professional Communication Society. Dr. Brewer is the 2014 recipient of STC's Jay R. Gould Award for Excellence in Teaching and the President's Award for Service. In addition to writing International Virtual Teams, Dr. Brewer has also written articles for journals and book chapters for various publishers.
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John Wiley & Sons
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Apr 30, 2015
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