Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Jason Berman
Dr. James Hurny
This study (a) identifies the characteristics and competencies of effective virtual teams, e- leaders, and the millennial generation, and (b) surveyed members of organizations located in the United States to evaluate if these American workers ascribe the research- based characteristics and competencies of effective virtual team members and e-leaders to professionals of the ever-growing millennial generation. This quantitative non- experimental comparative design study surveyed 1,050 Amazon Mechanical Turk (Mturk) workers who were (a) at least 26 years old; (b) employed or retired; (c) spoke or fully understood the English language; (d) lived and worked in the United States; and (e) knew either a competent virtual team member, e-leader, or millennial professional. Results of the virtual and millennial worker surveys indicate that members of organizations located in the United States ascribe characteristics and competencies associated with effective virtual team members to members of the millennial generation currently in the American workforce; however, these American workers do not think members of the millennial generation share the characteristics and competencies of effective e-leaders. Based on the findings, it is recommended that (a) future studies investigating the characteristics and competencies of effective virtual teams and e-leaders and their implications on the millennial generation use a more internationally directed diverse sample population and (b) studies investigate the most effective ways to develop the required e-leader characteristics and competencies within millennial professionals.
Visagie, Eduard C., "Will Millennials be the Next Generation of Virtual Team Members and E-Leaders: A Hypothesis Testing Study" (2022). Education Doctoral. Paper 526.
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