Virtual organizations - an opportunity for learning

Francis Hartman, Rafi Ashrafi

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Abstract

As the idea that new enterprises may be formed and operated successfully without the normal physical constraints and trappings of office buildings, incorporation organization charts and so on takes hold, so other opportunities will arise. One of these is the opportunity to learn and improve through the adoption of better practices from hitherto alien cultures. This paper presents just some of the intriguing notions that arise from the findings of a recent pilot study on project management practices in seven different industries. The industries investigated were product development, utilities, oil and gas, entertainment, infrastructure (traditionally government), systems development and construction. The findings include a number of potential areas for significant process improvement through the adoption of ideas and practices of one industry by another. The opportunities for such improvements will be enhanced through virtual organizations that span different industries and cultures. This is just one more area where competitiveness may be enhanced.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging Virtual Enterprises
Subtitle of host publicationA Convergence of Communications, Computing, and Energy Technologies
PublisherIEEE
Pages201-205
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 1996
EventProceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference - Vancouver, BC, Can
Duration: Aug 18 1996Aug 20 1996

Other

OtherProceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Engineering Management Conference
CityVancouver, BC, Can
Period8/18/968/20/96

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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    Hartman, F., & Ashrafi, R. (1996). Virtual organizations - an opportunity for learning. In Managing Virtual Enterprises: A Convergence of Communications, Computing, and Energy Technologies (pp. 201-205). IEEE.