Center for Advancement of Virtual Organizations

CAVO Visiting Expert Catherine Mattiske
Catherine Mattiske photoA leading expert on virtual teams, Catherine Mattiske is the founder and CEO of TPC, a thought-leader for corporate learning and development, and inventor of the globally acclaimed instructional design system, ID9 Intelligent Design. In 2006 she began transforming her organization from local offices to a global, virtual business. Now, conducting business virtually is TPC's most significant competitive advantage.

Catherine is CAVO’s visiting expert through April and will share her knowledge and expertise through podcasts, blog, and interviews. Listen to Catherine’s words of wisdom in CAVO podcast episodes 20 and 27.

Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations

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

Save the Date! June 15-17, 2021

Hear from experts on topics such as:

  • Measuring employee performance in the virtual environment
  • Building trust and cohesion in virtual teams
  • Effective communication practices in the virtual workplace
  • Valuing all voices through diversity and inclusion in virtual teams
  • And more
Registration opens April 15, 2021

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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.

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).

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CAVO News Release

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