Virtual Organization

Academic Exchange Quarterly uses virtual organization structure to produce a traditional product, an academic journal in paper format.

To understand journal's working environment, we offer the following comparison of a traditional and a virtual organization.

A traditional organization can be identified by four characteristics: (1) organizational boundaries/structure, (2) space/geography, (3) time of operation, (4) product/service. Work revolves around a particular job description that takes place in a particular space, e.g., office in a particular building, street, town, state...

A virtual organization is identified by objectives rather than by the four traditional organization characteristics. Work is no longer the place you go to. It is, rather, what you do. You can work any time and any place. In a virtual organization, work is more goal focused, task oriented, and responsibility driven.

For example, in Academic Exchange Quarterly, traditional organization paper manuals and time-consuming document-related processes have been abandoned in favor of Web-based administrative platform. Journal's in-house-build-software allows
  • all sensitive information like submission reviews to be stored centrally and backed up, rather than saved in paper format in individual desk drawers or files cabinets spread across multiple college offices and states or countries
  • easy, e-mail and/or Web-based access to centralized data for geographically-dispersed journal's editors
  • secure e-mail and/or Web-based access to manage, share, and collaborate on incoming article submissions
  • authors to view submission review progress in real-time
  • reduction in time required handling interactions and resolving article submission reviewing issues
  • common process for storing content and information routing, resulting in elimination of redundancies and greater efficiency
  • this journal publishes 51-61 original refereed articles per issue versus 3-7 articles by other journals
    i.e. over two hundred articles a year; see issue index.
This journal's ongoing success depends on the effective leverage of its intellectual capital and knowledge, including use of virtual environment to store, manage, and access information.
AEQ publisher
October 2006