virtual corporation


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Virtual Corporation

The act in which independent companies work together as an association to accomplish mutually beneficial goals. Virtual cooperation is temporary and may be used for only a single project. However, for the duration of the project, the companies act as if they were a single corporation.

virtual corporation

a firm which minimizes its internal hierarcy and maximizes its dealing with outside (i.e. market) suppliers and customers. Given today's rapidly changing technological and competitive conditions a firm needs to be more flexible in responding to changing business circumstances. To this end the firm should avoid VERTICAL INTEGRATION (and its associated AGENCY COSTS) and OUTSOURCE inputs as much as possible and deal only with independent distributors and dealers, using such new technologies as E-COMMERCE to reduce external TRANSACTION COSTS. See VERTICAL DISINTEGRATION.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs needed a tool that was not only flexible and powerful, but one that the user community is comfortable with," said Scott Ream, President of Virtual Corporation, "and the SP software can be modified without programmer support to suit the users and operations processes, instead of having to make changes to the organization to fit the tool.
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The virtual corporation of the future will integrate large, medium and small service partners and customers seamlessly and in real time through a service management hub in the cloud to respond quickly to changing business conditions.

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