Virtual Cooperation

Virtual Cooperation

The act in which an association of independent companies use the same computer network to accomplish mutually beneficial goals. Virtual cooperation is temporary and may be used for only a single project.
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Contributors--from Spain, Istanbul, and the US, in management, business administration, strategic management, and psychology--examine the development of global business-to-business electronic markets; problems with the implementation of inter-organizational systems; the connection between systems and alliances; the importance of strategic alliances in knowledge sharing, collaboration, and cooperation in innovative development; and the support of environmental management innovation through virtual cooperation. The merger of two GSM operators in Turkish telecommunications is discussed, as is the stock market reaction to business combinations in European telecom firms.
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