SHRM Foundation Research 7/30/2014 Permissions Free-Riding in Global Virtual Teams: An Experimental Study of Antecedents and Strategies to Minimize the Problem Funded: June 2014 Expected Completion: July 2016 Vas Taras, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Tom O'Neill, Ph.D., University of Calgary, Piers Steel, Ph.D., University of Calgary, and William Tullar, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro Abstract Free-riding is a major problem in workgroups, particularly in global virtual teams (GVTs). This study will explore mechanisms by which free-riding affects group dynamics and performance in GVTs, and experimentally test several commonly available strategies to alleviate the problem. The study will be conducted using a unique platform of the X-Culture project, an international business competition that attracts over 3,000 MBA and undergraduate students and working professionals from over 40 countries semi-annually who work in about 500 GVTs on real business challenges presented by international companies. The work design, collaboration principles, and compensation closely resemble those in the workplace. Multi-source, multi-level, longitudinal data will be used in this study. View the full list of SHRM Foundation funded research. Permissions TOP PICKS: TALENT MANAGEMENT SHRM's Talent Management Conference April 18-20, Orlando, FL SHRM’s premiere conference for recruiters and talent managers. Register before Feb. 26 and save. SHRM Enterprise Solutions Create a brand to attract veterans and minority candidates. Creating a Talent Acquisition Strategy Virtual Seminar: Develop and implement effective recruiting strategies. Express Request: Effective Interviewing Get resources to help improve your screening process. Webcast: Using Assessment Results to Drive Talent Strategy Dr. Lilly Lin on using analytics and assessments to supercharge your talent strategy. Jan. 21, 2 p.m. ET Talent Acquisition/Talent Management Free e-newsletter from SHRM covering all aspects of recruiting and managing talent. Vendor Directory: Recruitment Find consultants and companies that can help with your recruiting needs. Social Media Recruitment From the SHRMStore. Successfully integrate social media into recruitment strategy. Webcast: Top 5 Soft Skills Chris Osborn on skills that predict employee, leadership and organizational success. Jan. 26, 2 p.m. ET Swipe for more!