The research study aims at defining those variables and inherent corporate features enabling organisations of the tertiary sector to turn themselves into Virtual Organisations. The final outcome of the research is expected to comprise a very useful management tool for consulting firms with expertise mostly in Project Management; however, the resulting organisational model is expected to be in favour of a variety of business activities within the tertiary sector, such as Strategy Consulting, HR Consulting and IT Consulting to mention but a few. It applies to those firms active in Projects increasingly involving multifunctional alliances with wide geographic area extensions and most often dispersed expert working teams, temporary in their functional duration. The research is based upon a field study, such as a survey carried out in the form of on line dispatched questionnaires in order to define the current status, problem areas and the key factors that can play a decisive role in the successful formation of efficient virtual organizations. The survey outcome is expected to give substantial answers to the recent financial woes having forced a good number of companies around Europe, at least, to either downsize their expertise or even cease their international operations; instead; tuning themselves into an effective virtual model organization would offer them a globally competitive advantage and at the same time enhance their sustainability by saving on time, operational costs and expertise overall.
Technological Team Management, Management, Team Management, International Operations
Evi Mattheopoulou; Ioannis Bakouros, Managing International Operations. Virtual Technological Team Management In Consultancy Firms. Trend or Necessity?, HCTL Open International Journal of Technology Innovations and Research, Volume 9, May 2014, e-ISSN: 2321-1814, ISBN: 978-1-62951-521-2.