Discontinuities and Continuities

A new way to understand virtual work

Summary by Carina…

Virtual means in terms of differing from traditional work:

  • location of the workers
  • where and how work is accomplished
  • basis for relationships between workers and organizations and between organizations

Virtual work environment means physically or temporally dispersed.

Virtual worker:

  • new employee-employer relationship like.
  • contingent or contract employee who is self-employed and has no dominant organizational affiliation but has temporary relationships with multiple organizations.
  • electronically connected contractors or “e-lancers” move the economy from its fundamental unit which is command-and-control organizations to one based on the work of individuals.

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