Virtual meetings good for innovation

Collaborating from a distance can remove some of the problems that come with face-to-face working

Do virtual teams work more effectively than those who are based in the same physical location? It appears that putting some distance between you and your colleagues can bring advantages.

In this week’s video, FT business education editor Della Bradshaw talks to Adam Kingl, executive director of learning solutions at London Business School, about ways in which virtual team meetings can break biases in thinking and encourage business innovation.

According to Mr Kingl, working virtually helps to deliver “a meritocracy of ideas”. In a physical setting, for example, team members are likely to agree with ideas from a dominant person in order to get along with each other. While those working in multiple locations, in an asynchronous environment, would have the chance to assess ideas based on their own merit, he says.

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