Real-world opportunities for virtual - World project management

Dawn Owens, Alanah Davis, John D. Murphy, Deepak Khazanchi, Ilze Zigurs

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Organizational practices are affected by virtual worlds such as Linden Lab's second life, which are pervading in everyday world and involves Virtual World (VW) project management and virtual teams. A virtual world is a representation of a metaverse, which is a fully submerged 3D virtual space in which people interact with one another through avatars and software agents. Virtual world projects are those conducted partially or wholly in a VW through a collaborative team of avatars and peoples and activities can take place anywhere. Virtual world provides a complete clear environment and the technology capability opportunities to enhance interaction and collaboration. VW's also facilitate informal communication that can lead to great discussions about a project and also support informal communication, as avatars. Virtual worlds and their technology capabilities can help virtual teams to discover new ways to face the challenges of managing a global IT workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4804047
Pages (from-to)34-41
Number of pages8
JournalIT Professional
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2009


  • Second Life
  • VW
  • Virtual teams
  • Virtual worlds
  • Virtual-world project management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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