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: WORKPLACE DEMOGRAPHICS SHRMStore: The Next America Boomers, millennials and the looming generational showdown. Express Request: Managing Multiple Generations Get resources on leading a multigenerational workforce. Customized Research Service Learn more about your workforce with customized surveys. 2016 Talent Management Conference April 18-20, 2016 in Orlando. Take your human capital strategies to the next level. Webcast: What Drives Retirement Decisions? Employees may not be leaving for the reasons you think. Dec. 2, 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT Vendor Directory: Hiring Metrics & Measurements Find companies specializing in workplace metrics and analysis services. Swipe for more!