Drawing upon recent research, this article offers practical advice on two key elements of working in virtual settings: how to create and reinforce a trustworthy identity with people who do not know you well, and how you can overcome barriers to effective collaboration with physically distant others.
Alan R. Dennis, PhD, MBA
Alan R. Dennis is Professor of Information Systems and holds the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He was named a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in 2012. Professor Dennis has written more than 150 research papers, and has won numerous awards for his theoretical and applied research. His research focuses on three main themes: team collaboration; fake news on social media; and information security. He also has written four books (two on data communications and networking, and two on systems analysis and design). His research has been reported in the popular press more than 500 times, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Atlantic, CBS, PBS, Canada’s CBC and CTV, UK’s Daily Mail and the Telegraph, Australia’s ABC, France’s Le Figaro, South Africa’s Sowetan Live, Chile’s El Mercurio, China Daily, India’s Hindustan Times, and Indonesia’s Tribune News. He is the President of the Association for Information Systems.