That is a good idea. I usually set a (dang at work and can't remember the command, but...) meeting point for the away team members. This does not always work. As the original post says, this is a pain to have to walk back to the stuck away team member. An option to beam them forward would be helpful.
Great idea! I also think they should add an option to beam a BO or two back up to your ship and beam a different one down during a mission without having to leave the map. This could allow you to maximize your BO's abilities in different situations.
This was mentioned way back in Closed Beta but for whatever reason has been by-passed for now. Either fix the AI so that the path better or give us the ability to bring them straight to us (via beaming) while out of combat.