Team member selection decisions for virtual versus face-to-face teams

Geeta C. D'Souza, Stephen M. Colarelli

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We compared the importance placed on task skills and four personal characteristics when selecting members of virtual and face-to-face teams. We expected that task skills would be most important in selection decisions for virtual teams due to the lack of physical proximity and visibility, whereas personal characteristics would be more important for face-to-face team selection. In a policy capturing study, 100 undergraduates' decision policies indicated that task skills had a greater impact on selection decisions for virtual teams. Gender also influenced selection decisions, with women choosing more female than male applicants for both types of teams. Applicants' race, physical attractiveness, and attitudinal similarity to participants did not influence selection decisions for either type of team; however, when assessed by self-report evaluations, these characteristics and gender, had a greater influence for face-to-face teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)630-635
Number of pages6
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Decision-making
  • Face-to-face teams
  • Selection
  • Virtual teams


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