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  Virtual Organization as Process
Virtual organizations are seen as the emerging standard in business, resulting from technological advances and changing expectations on the part of consumers and collaborators.
Virtual corporations are motivated by the economic realities of the information revolution to organize their patterns of relationships around goals or interests that complement those held by other actors regardless of location.
Virtual organization can be distinguished from hierarchical and network forms of organization by its rejection of status boundaries and the lack of importance it ascribes to proximity.
www.msu.edu /~prestons/virtual.html   (7421 words)

 Virtual Organization
Nor can virtual corporations be associated with the hierarchical coordination mechanism, in which recurrent interchange is institutionalized for the long-term by the exercising of managerial authority and the formation of business units.
Virtualness is defined as the ability of the organization to acquire and maintain critical competencies through its design of value-adding business processes and organizational structure.
Virtual organization is not appropriate in a stable market at a time when there are no technological upheavals (c.f.
www.tele.sunyit.edu /vo.html   (2737 words)

 Communication Patterns as Determinants of Organizational Identification in a Virtual Organization
Identification may be essential to sustaining virtual organizations because it facilitates critical organizational functions that pose a particular challenge in virtual contexts, such as: a) coordination and control of dispersed organizational actors; b) work group functioning; c) encouragement of extra-role helping behaviors; and d) retention of valuable employees.
Thus, virtual organizations may find themselves in a catch-22 situation: on one hand, maintaining the organizational identification of virtual employees is especially critical because it helps organizations meet the challenges of managing dispersed employees (i.e., obstacles to coordination and control).
Organizational identification is a part of a larger construct that has to do with the creation and preservation of the "system of meaning" in these new emerging work forms.
jcmc.indiana.edu /vol3/issue4/wiesenfeld.html   (7902 words)

 Virtual Teams: What Leaders Need to Know
Their relationship as a team can be virtual relative to the task that needs to be done, or, it may be relative to the space in which they operate, e.g., a virtual space rather than physical space.
In addition to using virtual teams for cross-organizational collaboration, more and more companies are building organizational structures which operate in virtual space, where employees and their managers reside in multiple physical locations.
One of the keys to understanding and leading virtual teams, is seeing that organization structure and formal hierarchy is less important to their effectiveness than the behaviors, norms and habits of the organization, e.g., the culture.
www.sdlcg.com /sdlsite/Articles/virtualteams.htm   (1357 words)

 ACM: Ubiquity - The Virtues of Virtual
Virtual feudalism would be based on the control of globally distributed resources, and power would be exercised by organizations (or fictional persons) rather than individuals.
An organization is not either virtual or non-virtual, but rather, if management is making use of this principle, it is organizing some tasks in a virtual way.
Whether or not people understand virtual organization as a fundamental management principle, it is clear that the deeply shared belief in the beneficence of progress will drive acceptance of this principle simply because it confers competitive advantage, and the widespread use of switching will change the way we work and live.
www.acm.org /ubiquity/interviews/a_mowshowitz_1.html   (3888 words)

 Everything's Coming Up Virtual
The virtual organization carries the concept of flexible specialization a step further than the dynamic network organization, because it is not limited by physical locations or by complex contractual arrangements [6].
Virtual organizations are likely to be reliant on cyberspace (the medium in which electronic communications flow and software operates); be enabled by new computing and communications developments; and initially exist only across conventional organizational structures [6].
While virtual organizations can unleash the power of information, they present new challenges to management in areas of role definition, clarification of boundaries, accountability and measurement of results, and impact on teams [44].
www.acm.org /crossroads/xrds4-1/organ.html   (3507 words)

 Charles Handy - Trust & the virtual organisation
Trust-based organizations are, as a result, reengineering their work, pulling back from the old reductionist models of organization, in which everything was divided into its component parts or functions.
The organization was the instrument of its owners, and the individual was the instrument of the organization.
Virtual organizations, which feed on information, ideas, and intelligence (which in turn are vested in the heads and hearts of people), cannot escape the dilemma.
visionarymarketing.com /handytrust.html   (5121 words)

The proposed benefits are a clarification of what it means for an organization to be network structured, a few insights into its origins, and a suggestion of where the boundaries to some of its different forms might lie.
An overview of the new science of chaos (also sometimes termed the "study of complex adaptive systems" and the "science of complexity.") Emphasis is on the two terms nonlinear and systems: while the former connotes unpredictability and uncertainty, the latter underscores the interrelationships and interactions between the various entities.
Based on the idea that physical and virtual office spaces exist to serve parallel organisational requirements, it is argued that designers of information systems should be able to learn from the experience of otherin order to improve their methods and redefine their objectives.
www.sociosite.net /topics/organization.php   (3815 words)

 The Virtual Corporation (David Skyrme Associates)
Many smaller companies are now realising the benefits of being part of a virtual corporation, which can give them the benefits of the resources of a large organisation while retaining the agility and independence of a small one.
Thus either one member of the virtual corporation must act on behalf of the others (using them as subcontractors) or create a joint company to act as their contracts and administration service.
VONet - The Virtual Organization Network publishes a quarterly newsletter covering research in developments on the virtual organization and also the Journal of Organizational Virtualness (David Skyrme serves on the editorial board).
www.skyrme.com /insights/2virtorg.htm   (728 words)

The following articles and papers are derived from my research on virtual teams.
Increasing traffic congestion, air pollution, and parking problems, coupled with many people’s desires to work at home are emerging factors.
Raymond W. Smith (1994), CEO of Bell Atlantic, indicated that "at Bell Atlantic, we’ve expanded telecommuting from a trial of 100 managers three years ago to an option for all 16,000 of our management people today—and we’re working with the union to open the option as much as possible to our 50,000 associates (p.
www.seanet.com /~daveg/articles.htm   (415 words)

 The Virtual Organization
The second reason for this move is that I have never been happy with the manner in which students have used the traditional in-class "workday." Students have too often just "hung out" and wasted time only to be jammed-up at the end of the semester with tasks that should have been completed ages before.
Each feedback paper must first be e-mailed to all group members for their "signature" before forwarding to me. Any group member who has not signed off on the submitted paper will not receive credit for the paper and will have to submit an individual feedback paper.
Should your group leader, the organization leader or I call an in-class meeting for a work day and an individual does not attend, she or he will lose one point from the next paper or examination (or previous one, if all papers and exams have been turned in).
courses.wcupa.edu /foeman/virtual.htm   (574 words)

 Notes on Going Virtual, by Ray Grenier & George Metes
Virtual learning requires shared beliefs, knowledge, skills, and processes to be successful.
The purpose of virtual learning is to keep up with what you need to know and to develop the competencies needed for the future.
For virtual learning to succeed, Virtual Learning must be part of one's work, not just something else to do.
www.tfriend.com /cop/n-govirt.html   (1285 words)

 virtual teams
First generation work was essentially hunting and gathering; second generation work started farming the land and raising crops and other food products; third generation work moved to cities with factories and small businesses; and fourth generation work moved to the office.
Interest in virtual environments seem to be increasing for various reasons including distributed project work, limited time to collocate, costs of travel, and various other related reasons.
Current work in virtual organizations includes teaching online courses in business and technology, collaborating with faculty on curriculum and other classroom related issues, and serving on doctoral committees with distributed participants.
www.seanet.com /~daveg   (682 words)

 The Virtual Organization   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Vertical Organization – a company tries to handle all aspects of producing a product, potentially from mining the ore, to smelting it, to producing the product, to selling it to consumers.
Virtual Organization – a company picks one piece of the production chain and does it well.
Companies that don’t own much of the production process (virtually organized), need to control parts of the process owned by others.
www.uwosh.edu /faculty_staff/wresch/311VirtualOrganization.htm   (405 words)

 Building the Resilient Virtual Organization - CSO Analyst Reports
It spurred us to design a blueprint for the resilient virtual organization (RVO), an organization that is at once characterized by widely dispersed people, systems and settings and designed deliberately to rebound and adjust after shock or misfortune.
What is new is the concept of deliberately designing resilience into organizations — that is, of injecting resilience, security, safety and protection into dispersed and far-flung organizations so that they can bounce back from any kind of setback, whether a natural disaster, a hostile economic change, a competitive onslaught, cyber-espionage or a terrorist attack.
Virtual modes of business, operations and work are taking hold far more quickly than senior executives might admit.
www.csoonline.com /analyst/report502.html   (1142 words)

 Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce @ LSU   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce @ LSU
Welcome to the Center for Virtual Organization and Commerce website.
The CVOC site is maintained by David Simmons and your feedback is welcome.
cvoc.bus.lsu.edu   (85 words)

 ICASIT: Virtual Teams
"Virtual Organization Net (VoNet) is focused on theoretical and empirical research related to Virtual Organizations, Virtual Teams, Network Organization and Electronic Commerce." Includes the Journal of Organizational Virtualness.
Examination of the composition nd management of a virtual team from the perspective of a research manager.
Resource with links to many articles and links to assist organizations in implementing and supporting virtual teams.
www.icasit.org /virtualteams.htm   (602 words)

 NetWeb Elite Solutions - Virtual Organization Consulting
The Virtualization of business is changing how your company works, driving productivity, cost-effectiveness and growth.
More than a virtual team, a virtual organization gives you the structure and the flexibility you are looking for to meet customer, partner and employee — and shareholder - needs.
NetWEB Elite's Virtual Organization Consulting Group is there to partner with your team if any of the following questions or needs are relevant to your organization.
www.netwebelitesolutions.com /Services/virtual.html   (194 words)

 Union of International Associations -- Virtual Organization: Paul Otlet's 100-year hypertext conundrum ?
Of course, as it was formally created, the UIA indeed appeared to be the first effort to coordinate the actions of the existing international organizations of the nascent "international community" -- as an "umbrella organization".
For the UIA of the present, facing a challenging future in a turbulent knowledge-based society, it might be asked how these clues now suggest that an implicit virtual organization might emerge from the closet of explictness in which it has been so respectably entrapped over the years.
Is an organization only what its statutes say it is in a strictly legal context, or is it the pattern of associations it assiduously cultivates that embody the insights in which it has invested -- a pattern that connects?
www.laetusinpraesens.org /docs/otlethyp.php   (5148 words)

 Virtual Assistant Networking Association
The Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce is a professional association of Virtual Assistants worldwide to promote shared business interests, opportunities and advancement of the Virtual Assistance profession.
We believe that as Virtual Assistants, we need to collectively "get off the fence" and stand for excellence if we are going to put this industry on the map once and for all.
I have found the Virtual Assistants who gather at the Virtual Assistance Chamber of Commerce to be top-notch and professional.
www.virtualassistantnetworking.com /index.htm   (629 words)

 IVAA - International Virtual Assistants Association
The International Virtual Assistants Association (IVAA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional education and development of members of the Virtual Assistance profession, and to educating the public on the role and function of the Virtual Assistant.
While certification is by no means requisite for IVAA members, IVAA holds the distinction of being the only organization offering the comprehensive IVAA Certified Virtual Assistant (CVA) exam, recognized internationally as the standard that Virtual Assistants strive to attain.
Information is provided to the public so that a qualified virtual assistant can be found for your project.
www.ivaa.org   (426 words)

 Leading and Managing in the Virtual Matrix Organization
The organizational chart is becoming increasingly irrelevant as a definition of job identity and accountability.
Virtual matrixes are replacing it as they increase in popularity.
This report provides guidance for leading and managing in today's virtual matrix organizations.
www.gartner.com /DisplayDocument?doc_cd=120061   (286 words)

 Virtual Teams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Virtual Organization "This site is concerned with various aspects of virtual organization such as leadership, structure, collaboration, teams, technology, methods, and learning."
Virtual Organization Net (Vonet) VoNet is focused on theoretical and empirical
the 'Virtual Organisation' The programme's aim is to examine the role of electronic technologies over a range of social activities.
www.startwright.com /virtual.htm   (853 words)

 Documents relating to Networking, Tensegrity, Virtual Organization: Anthony Judge
Documents relating to Networking, Tensegrity, Virtual Organization: Anthony Judge
[2006] Dematerialization and Virtualization: comparison of nuclear fusion and cognitive fusion * (114k, 78w)
[2005] Review of the Range of Virtual Wars: as a strategic comparison with the global war against terrorism (32k, 132w)
www.laetusinpraesens.org /themes/aznetwo.php   (988 words)

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