Title: Virtual organizations as temporary organizational networks: boundary blurring, dilemmas, career characteristics and leadership
Authors: Lambrechts, Frank ×
Sips, Koen
Taillieu, Tharsi
Grieten, Styn #
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Wroclaw univ economics
Series Title: Argumenta Oeconomica vol:22 issue:1 pages:55-81
Abstract: The present study investigated the virtual organization model from a relational constructionist perspective. Since the beginning of the nineties, virtual organizations are applauded as the most economically efficient organizational structure to confront the challenges of increasing global competition and environmental complexity. However, when looking at this new organizational activity from a relational constructionist perspective, several critical questions and dilemmas emerge that go unnoticed in the literature. At the same time, in real life 'Open Innovation' cases, the possibilities and boundaries of virtual organizing are also becoming clearer. Compared to classical organizing, virtual organizing makes different demands on managing interdependencies, collaboration, communication. leadership and evaluation, decision making, loyalty and identification with the company. This article inquires into the processes and effects of boundary blurring: dilemmas and challenges concerning trust, loyalty and identity/identification; critical career elements and inclusion/exclusion mechanism: and the role of the leader/facilitator as convener. The main purpose is to develop a new research agenda by raising specific questions concerning the relational side of virtual organizing and related new forms of organization.
ISSN: 1233-5835
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Occupational & Organisational Psychology and Professional Learning - miscellaneous
Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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