Center for Advancement of Virtual Organizations

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Meet Our Virtual Visiting Expert

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Nadia Harris, MBA, LLM - is founder of, a keynote speaker, and global expert of remote and hybrid work. She was named among the Top 15 Remote Work Advocates ranking prepared by All American Speakers, the British Onalytica report "Who's Who in Remote Working." She was also named as a global “Remote Innovator of 2022” by Remote. During her professional career, she has worked with numerous international companies, both start-ups and structured corporations, that have allowed her to gain valuable experience. Her areas of expertise include HR operations, growth, and worldwide talent strategies as well as designing HR processes and procedures. She has successfully implemented frameworks to ensure the scalability of flexible working models based on her remote work audit aimed to ensure a holistic overview at a company’s business operations. She prides herself on having improved performance, scalability, and teamwork in organizations that have shifted from office-first to hybrid and remote work models. Having lived and worked in different countries, and being a third-culture child, Nadia made her deep dive into the possibilities of distributed work and collaborates with clients in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa. She is fluent in English, German, Polish and French, and holds a legal degree and an MBA in Intercultural Managerial Communication.

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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).

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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