Center for Advancement of Virtual Organizations

Support for professionals in all areas of remote work!


Meet Our Virtual Visiting Expert

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Rowena Hennigan is founder of @RoRemote, a remote skills training and consultancy company. She is a remote work expert, university lecturer, and global thought leader in remote work and digital nomadism. She created the LI learning course: Her career spans almost 25 years of professional industry experience and she has an extensive range of skills. She started RoRemote in 2017, before the pandemic. Rowena had already seen the market need and began to create and co-author academic courses at TU Dublin on remote work skills. She has been named in Linkedin News, 2022 Top 10 Global Voices in Remote Work, and by as one of the Top 25 Remote Innovators in 2021 & 2022. She is a globally acclaimed conference speaker, including a keynote for the European Parliament. She has been working remotely since 2007 and now lives in Spain with her location-independent family.

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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.

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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