The ‘networked’ form of organisation that brings together a complex mix of in-house, out-sourced and contracted services and resources, is in vogue. Such networked organisations are seen as a way of enabling corporations to operate on the global stage, to exploit leading-edge capabilities and to ride the currents of unpredictable change without committing to expensive permanent resources. In such organisations, working virtually is the norm. So is contracting third parties to undertake specific projects. Virtual contractor project teams interacting with remote client contacts and dispersed stakeholder communities also feels normal. This Lucid Thought continues a theme about virtual working that we have observed in the past. This time we suggest that, while organisations have learnt much about working in virtual teams and in virtual environments over past years, they seem to continue to underestimate the challenges.
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