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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Virtual Organizations: Defining a World of Evolution

Technology today is what puts many organizations in the lead for success. The purpose of this research project is to define and understand virtual organizations. Since there is no single, clear definition of what a virtual organization is, the term “virtual” can cause confusion to organizations looking to become a virtual entity. Being a virtual organization contains the idea of being geographically dispersed, culturally diverse, and being technologically dependent. The techniques these organizations use to become virtual entities are not adequate enough to form such virtual organizations and therefore it is important that a definition is created. In general, defining virtual-ness and virtual organizations leads to more clarity of what is included in being a virtual organization. More specifically, it gives insight for the organizations striving to become virtual entities. The definition causes an organization to choose its level of virtual-ness instead of becoming a complete virtual organization or choose to stay within the boundaries that it already has set in place.

Presenter: Jennifer Tyes (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Computer Information Systems
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 1:35 pm (Session III)