Virtual Organizations: the Benefits, Problems, the Solutions

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Virtual Organizations: The Benefits, Problems, The Solutions

Technology in the early millennium was not as advanced as it is today. In the late nineties, email and MySpace were the primary means of networking for people, iPads were only a dream, and the closest thing to a smartphone was a phone with a built-in camera. This decade promises more than advanced communication; it converges on computer-based intelligence with enhanced interactive networking forums. On the social networking level, webcasting and live-streaming have become second to live chat via internet or traditional voice. The implications for these developments in a business are critical.
Within this paper we will discuss what a virtual organization is, the benefits and
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The main problem with telecommuting, which also means to work at home, is that on-site workers may not consider the work of the telecommuters to be legitimate, or as legitimate as their own work. This is a problem that needs examination. Legitimacy can be divided into three forms: pragmatic, moral, and cognitive legitimacy. Pragmatic legitimacy is based on awareness of shared values, such as the needs of fellow employees. Moral legitimacy is based on validity of procedures, structures, and outcomes. Cognitive legitimacy is based on the employees’ abilities to understand situations (Hylmo, 2006, p. 544). It is important to have this knowledge in a virtual organization so that it does not fall apart. As a telecommuter, one will face a few challenges. The biggest challenge will be creating a boundary between “work” and “home.” Another challenge will be following correct procedures and processes associated with one’s line of work. One other challenge will be maintaining organizational identity. Overcoming these challenges is not only the job of the employee, but partly the employer as well. Employers need to know that these problems exist; they must also try to train the employee to be able to contribute legitimate work because without this training the culture and standards that the company puts forth will not be reflected within their employees work. With trust, telecommuting, and legitimacy issues, you must be wondering if there could
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