Geographic Diversity in Globally Dispersed Teams: An Empirical Test Advances in communication technology, a trend toward globalization, and related forces are fueling the popularity of globally dispersed teams, so called global virtual teams. The diversity in geographical locations of members is a salient difference among members of virtual teams versus face-to-face teams. People may categorize others and assess similarity based on their own and others’ geographical locations, much the same way they use other diversity dimensions. Although research on team diversity has remained largely separate from research on team dispersion, our study has geographical location as a key dimension along which teams can vary in diversity. Diversity in geographical locations introduces mechanisms that influence the amount and nature of interaction among group members – the differential availability of communication media. The study considered the impact of geographical dispersion on two indicators of group functioning – conflict and trust. The study has important implications for the design of global virtual teams.