The transformation of business and social lives continues as communication technology becomes ever more pervasive, opening up access to numerous “virtual spaces” from the many “real spaces” occupied by individuals — the home, the coffee shop, the airport, the train, etc. As anyplace-anytime portals into virtual space move a step closer, so the separation between real and virtual becomes increasingly blurred giving individuals a “social presence on a worldwide scale” (Turoff, 1997, p. 42). Communities established through face-to-face interactions in the real world migrate to the virtual as their increasingly mobile members move physically apart. Conversely, virtual communities and teams emerge through technology-mediated interactions around shared interests or common goals and go on to meet in the real world as their commitment to their shared purpose develops (Blanchard and Horan, 2000). The limitations of time and physical space are, therefore, blurred not by virtual space itself, but by the blurring of the separation between them.
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