CFP Globally distributed virtual teams

Special issue
connexions • international professional communication journal

December 2014

Today, information and communication technologies (ICTs) allow individuals located in different nations to collaborate almost as easily as if they were located in the same physical office.  As a result, globally distributed virtual teams now support the work of organizations across the spectrum of products and services.  Such teams are used by a range of for-profit and non-profit organizations including businesses, government organizations, the military, and educational institutions.  These organizations are increasingly employing individuals located in different nations to engage in various types of collaborative work via ICTs.

As a result of such factors, much of the modern workforce is now migrating toward a virtual model of work, and forces associated with globalization are changing the nature of competitiveness in the new economy.  Individuals, in turn, must often adapt rapidly to virtual environments and do so with little or no formal preparation in the types of professional communication practices essential to success in such contexts.  As a result, individuals working in internationally distributed teams must generally learn from their mistakes, an effective but often costly approach.  Moreover, individuals must also often adapt to working in an environment in which they are regularly paired with new colleagues and clients from different nations, cultures, and language groups.

Thus, the modern distributed workplace requires employees to account for and address three central factors—technology, culture, and language—in order to succeed in most work-related tasks.

An all-important question arising from this situation is, “How can we better prepare these individuals for this international, online context?”

A 2012 IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication special issue on global training reveals, however, that very little information on training—particularly global virtual communication training—has been published in the major professional communication journals in the last ten years.  Such a gap needs to be closed if educators and trainers alike wish to prepare adult learners to be successful participants in current (and future) business practices and processes.

This special issue on education and training for globally distributed virtual teams seeks to address this topic through articles on how best to prepare individuals to succeed in this new workplace.

In particular, the editors are interested in articles that answer questions such as:
*What types of education and training are most desired by managers and participants of global virtual teams?
*How can organizations best prepare virtual team members for working across boundaries of language? What issues affect translation and terminology?  What do team members most need to know about World Englishes, English as a Second Language, or English for Specific Purposes?
*How can organizations better prepare employees to collaborate and cooperate online and across cultural boundaries?
*How can social media be used to prepare individuals for working in intercultural online contexts?
*What legal issues can affect or should be included in global virtual team training?  What should participants in global virtual teams know about proprietary information and privacy?

In addition, the editors of this special issue welcome articles such as:
*Critical analyses of the many published task/technology models that support global virtual teams.
*Critical analyses of virtual team studies in areas such as technical training, adult education, human resources development, educational technology, human performance technology, technical communication, and user experience design.

The guest editors are also interested in discussing other prospective topics with potential contributors.

Types of articles
connexions publishes four types of articles:
*Original research articles of 5,000 to 7,000 words in length
*Review articles of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length
*Focused commentary and industry perspectives articles of 500 to 3,000 words in length
*Teaching cases of 3,000 to 5,000 words in length

Submission Guidelines
Interested individuals should send a 150-200 word proposal to
Proposals should be sent as a .docx, .doc, or .rtf file attached to an email message with the subject line:
“Proposal for Special Issue on Globally Distributed Virtual Teams.”
All proposals should include the submitter’s name, affiliation, and email address as well as a working title for the proposed article.

Production Schedule
The schedule for the special issue is as follows:
15 Jan. 2014 –Proposals due
15 Feb. 2014 – Decisions on proposals sent to proposal submitters
15 June 2014 – Manuscripts due
15 Aug. 2014 – Reviewer comments to authors
15 Oct. 2014 – Final manuscripts due to editors
Dec. 2014 – Publication of special issue

Contact Information
Completed proposals or questions about either proposal topics or this special issue should be sent to Pam Estes Brewer and Kirk St. Amant at connexionsspecialissue AT


CFP Connexions Journal

connexions • international professional communication journal | revista de comunicação profissional internacional places great emphasis on Special Issues as a unique means of promoting high-quality research in thematic areas related to international professional communication.

The journal is accepting proposals from Guest Editors for:
*Special Issue 2(2): December 2013
*Special Issue 3(2): December 2014
*Special Issue 4(1): June 2015
*Special Issue 4(2): December 2015
Issue 3(1): June 2014 will be composed of regular submissions.

Please send your proposals for Special Issues to Rosário Durão at

This page provides guidelines to help you organize proposals for Special Issues.

General requirements
*Special Issues are organized by a minimum of 2, and a maximum of 3 Guest Editors.
*Guest Editors are recognized experts in the area they are proposing for the Special Issue.
*Guest Editors are from different institutions and, preferably, countries.
*Special Issues reflect the international aims and scope of the journal. Therefore, Special Issues include a maximum of 3 papers from a particular country. Normally, the journal publishes 5 to 7 papers per issue.

Lifelong learning-collaborative opportunity

As Managing Director of CEFRO, LLC based in Nice, France, I am looking for partnership and support for a training project designed to build and expand the reach of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Programs in an international context. The project could be a basis for an international collaborative research in that field.

Developed as Lifelong Learning Training Courses for adults (provider for the European Program called Grundtvig), the project aims to provide continuing education in social and technology integration, with an emphasis on creating healthy, balanced and enriching workplaces. Since 2008, CEFRO provided courses for that European Lifelong Learning Program, and created four original and unique courses: “Enriching and diversifying the training environment”, “Balanced and healthy workplaces”,”Learning strategies for the elderly”, “Developing Emotional Intelligence in the workplace”. Additionally, it organized ten course sessions with participants from Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany,Italy, Spain, and Romania.

The urgent purpose of my request for support is to maintain CEFRO’s current activity and status, in order to pursue projects on the field of science and society. CEFRO is looking for a potential international collaborator/an international research team, who is the beneficiary of a research grant and may be interested in to sharing their work with a partner/sub-contractor.

For basic information, please, find below the original document of CEFRO LLP Plan and my CV, and feel free to contact me for additional information.

Thank you for your consideration.
Kind regards,
Carmen Serghie Lopez, Ph.D
CEFRO-Conseil, échanges, formation
Nice 06000-FR
Tél./Fax: +33(0)4 93 79 80 20
Mobile +33(0)6 12 19 16 98

NEH grants: Bridging Cultures

National Endowment of the Humanities announces:

“The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship….

Projects are strongly encouraged to demonstrate international collaboration by enlisting scholars based both in the United States and abroad, and/or by working with an international media team. Such collaborations should bring broader cross-cultural perspectives to the proposed topics.”

Details available from NEH grants site where original announcement was posted.

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