Center for Advancement of Virtual Organizations

CAVO Virtual Visiting Expert: Q3
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Meet Theresa Sigillito Hollema, Consultant and Trainer
Author of Virtual Teams Across Cultures

Theresa Sigillito Hollema is the author of Virtual Teams Across Cultures and has worked in and with global teams for over 25 years. As a cultural consultant and team facilitator, she’s helped hundreds of leaders around the world learn how to excel when working with virtual, culturally diverse teams. Previously a consultant for Trompenaars Hampden-Turner, a leading cultural consulting firm, she now leads the team at InterAct Global, a group helping organizations capitalize on cultural diversity and virtual connections. Theresa left the US for a three-month assignment 23 years ago and has lived in the Netherlands ever since.

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2021 CAVO Virtual Conference: Shaping the Future of Virtual Work:
Innovative and Effective Practices for Virtual Work Success

Thank you for attending the 2021 conference, Shaping the Future of Virtual Work, held June 15-17, 2021.

Our PACE course from this conference, CAVO1001- Leading Virtual Teams is now available here - https://pace.ncu.edu/product?catalog=Leading-virtual-teams-CAVO

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Since 1996, NCU has been at the forefront of virtual leadership. To demonstrate our success and commitment to excellence in virtual leadership, NCU’s School of Business has a pronged approach.

Virtual Leadership Framework

Rawlings, M., Menefee, S., White, G., & Allen, B. (2020). Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations. Northcentral University.

The Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations (CAVO) is a hub of relevant, current information and practices aimed at supporting diverse, industry professionals and educators in all aspects of virtual work. Hosting both research and real-world examples, NCU’s CAVO partners with external experts around the remote workforce, innovations in virtual work, and supporting technologies to grow a knowledge base and expertise.

Virtual. Remote. What's the difference?

A virtual organization is one where employees engage in a limited physical corporate office presence, connecting remotely via technology.

A remote job is one where an employee works at other locations often returning to a corporate office.

Although the terms virtual and remote are often used interchangeably, virtual work happens through teams or individuals operating at a distance with some degree of self-direction and autonomy (Burma, 2014; Caillier, 2013; McCann & Kohntopp, 2019).

Have a request for a future topic, tip, resource, success story, or want to engage with one of our contributors? If you’re interested in contributing to CAVO, please email us at CAVO@ncu.edu.

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Burma, Z. A. (2014). New organization structures: Virtual organizations. International Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 6(2), 18-27.
Caillier, J. G. (2013). Are teleworkers less likely to report leave intentions in the United States federal government than non-teleworkers are? The American Review of Public Administration, 43(1), 72–88. doi:10.1177/0275074011425084
McCann, J., & Kohntopp, T. (2019). Virtual leadership in organizations: Potential competitive Advantage? SAM Advanced Management Journal, 84(3), 26–39