Virtual Organisations


A virtual organisation is one whose employees are spread geographically and communicate via phone, email, and the internet. The concept explores technologies and issues surrounding virtual organisations from a knowledge management perspective.

Technique Overview

Virtual Organisations

Virtual Organisations Definition

The Virtual Organisation is a flexible network of independent entities linked by telecommunication and computing technologies to share skills, knowledge and access to expertise in non-traditional ways. It is a form of cooperation involving companies, institutions and/or individuals delivering a product or service on the basis of a common business understanding. Units participate in the collaboration and present themselves as a unified organisation (Peng, 2001).

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  • Byrne J.A. (1993) The Virtual Corporation. Business Week. 8 February, pp. 98-102.
  • Chang, J. (2010) EBay: Towards a Perfectly Competitive Market. International Business and Economics Research Journal, Vol. 9(3), pp. 65-70.
  • Chesbrough, H.W. and Teece, D.J. (1996) When is Virtual Virtuous: Organizing for Innovation. Harvard Business Review, January-February, pp. 65-73.
  • Clark, N. (2009) Facebook Heads Towards Profit. The Independent, 16 September.

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