Virtual Companies

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A virtual company can be described as an organisation where the employees are geographically dispersed, work from home and use ICT to operate most aspects of the business. -------------------------------------------------

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Discuss how emerging ICT technologies could be used to operate a virtual company. -------------------------------------------------
Include in your discussion the social and environmental issues surrounding the growth of virtual companies. -------------------------------------------------

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In this question you will be marked on your ability to use good English, to organise information clearly and to use specialist vocabulary where appropriate. (20 marks)

Running a business from home (virtual company) is nothing new. But technology such as the internet and cloud computing is increasingly providing easily-shared lower-cost software options for start-up firms this is causing a growth in the number of virtual companies around the world. Since internet telephony services are now very cheap it lets you stay in touch with people who are half a world away, this makes teleworking a lot easier. The improvement in technology in the past decade has led to teleworking becoming much more feasible, the increased internet speeds has allowed people to work from home using their computers, and the improvement in the performance and functionality of phones has even allowed people to continue working on the move anywhere in the world. If you run a virtual company, it may be considered hard to run all of your employees, however, technology such as Skype and other video conferencing software, as made it a lot easier to keep in touch with employees from all over the world and it enables you to control the business from anywhere by being able to communicate with anyone. However since there has been such an...
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