Showing posts with label virtual organizations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label virtual organizations. Show all posts

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Difference in Recruiting Online and Traditional Employees

Virtual work is becoming a more frequent practice in today’s world. Online workers have some characteristics that make them different from traditional employees. Employers should be aware of the differences between virtual and traditional positions to ensure they recruit the best match. 

Online employees work with higher levels of autonomy and are either very specialized in skill or highly educated in their fields. The work they complete is intellectual by nature and requires a person to be highly focused on their tasks. Such workers are capable of meeting goals on their own. 

Even though online employees must have sufficient verbal communication skills they rely more heavily on electronic mediums.  This means that online workers must be able to communicate and work with others who may be located across the globe. Face-to-face interaction is less often while written communication is more common. 

Online employees also need to be more autonomous and self-motivated than traditional employees. They won’t have a boss standing over the top of them encouraging and guiding them. Instead they will need to have higher levels of internal motivation to keep their work moving forward at a sufficient pace. 

Online workers have slightly different characteristics than your traditional employee. The virtual environment is naturally different and requires higher levels of written communication skills as well as internal levels of motivation. Recruiting managers should consider these difference and adjust their selection criteria based upon the new work models.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Technology as Central to New Organizational Models

Changes in the business environment have forced organizations to take new and exciting approaches to the overall development of their operations. Technology has moved to a more centralized function that fosters competitive global business strategy. As organizations seek to retain and grow their market positions they will also need to change their I.T. perspective from a business enhancing function to one co-mingled and central to the business itself. 

IT strategy has been predominately included at a functional level subordinate to operations. As part of the transformation from brick & mortar mentality to virtual perspective the IT functionality becomes a central strategic platform where other strategic considerations emulate. Constant new technology requires the ability to create a solid but adaptable platform that allows integration and removal of new applications with relative ease.

The advantage of virtual organizations is that it aligns more with a global market that is not limited by location. It is able to traverse time, space, and distance to service customers (Kohli & Grover, 2008). Such businesses have a reach that moves beyond physical restrictions as a small company into a much larger world (i.e.Alaska to China). Technological differences within these regions require adaptability that spans borders. 

As organizations partner and work in collaboration it is these new platforms that allow for digital information sharing that creates higher levels of intra-organizational efficiencies. These digital niches foster stronger market advantages (Rai et al. 2012).  The more service holes that can be filled the more seamless the intra-organizational efforts and the stronger their marketability.

Bharadwaj,  (2013) identified four evaluative themes in IT strategy to define the next generation of insights as the scope of digital business strategy, the scale of that strategy, the speed of the strategy and the source of value creation. Organizations that desire to stay ahead of the digital curve will need to have well defined strategies that capture a greater percentage of market share while creating higher levels of efficiencies among collaborating companies. This can only happen if the companies design puts technology as its very core in developing its strategic market approaches. 

IT Integration
-Use a central core platform integrated into the main strategy.
-Find niches and inefficiencies between collaborating companies.
-Integrate adaptive technology.
-Use technology to enhance market influence.
-Collaborate with related complementary organizations.

Bharadwaj, et. al. Digital business strategy: toward a next generation of insights. MIS Quarterly, 37 (2).

Kohli, R., and Grover, V. (2008). Business Value of IT: An Essay on Expanding Research Directions to Keep up with the Times. Journal of the Association for Information Systems, 9 (1)

Rai, A, et. al. (2012). Interfirm IT capability profiles and communications for cocreating relational value: evidence from the logistics industry. MIS Quarterly, 35 (1)