Lessons From Managerial Theories for Improving Virtualness in Electronic Business

Arjen Wassenaar, Rajesri Govindaraju, Elisa Moreno Bragado, Ariane von Raesfeld Meijer, Pieter Ribbers, Dirk Swagerman

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Electronic business and virtual organisations are important research topics in the IS research community today. At the same time these research topics are very appropriate for interdisciplinary research. The panel aims: - presentation of lessons from managerial theories for improving organisational virtualness; - exploration possibilities for interdisciplinary oriented research forum of the phenomenon virtual organisations in electronic business. Chapter 1 discusses electronic business and the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in changing fundamentally electronic business transaction patterns between economic actors. New intra- and inter-organisational structures are emerging, known under labels like virtual organisation, virtualisation and organisational virtualness. These emergent virtual organisational structures will be considered as a challenge for (continuous) transformation. Chapter 2 gives an overview of the panel presentations of different approaches of change (management) found in managerial literature and their lessons for virtual organisations. Lessons are presented from strategic choice led, improvisation or market led, network interaction led , stakeholders led and evolutionary stage led concepts of change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizational Virtualness:
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the VoNet Workshop, April 27-28, 1998
EditorsPascal Sieber, Joachim Griese
Place of PublicationBern, Switzerland
PublisherUniversity of Bern
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)39-521-4632-3
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 1998


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    Wassenaar, A., Govindaraju, R., Moreno Bragado, E., von Raesfeld Meijer, A., Ribbers, P., & Swagerman, D. (1998). Lessons From Managerial Theories for Improving Virtualness in Electronic Business. In P. Sieber, & J. Griese (Eds.), Organizational Virtualness: : Proceedings of the VoNet Workshop, April 27-28, 1998 (pp. 203-224). Bern, Switzerland: University of Bern.