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Welcome to the Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations, a hub of current information and practices designed to support diverse industry professionals and educators in all facets of remote work. CAVO serves as a platform to unite research and practical knowledge by partnering with experts in remote work, with the goal of disseminating the latest developments in remote work and associated technologies.

The New CAVO Book is Coming Soon: “Winning in the Virtual Workplace” Authored by 10 Experts!

We’re thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Winning in the Virtual Workplace, an innovative book authored by 10 leading experts in the field. Packed with invaluable insights, practical strategies, and cutting-edge techniques, this book is your ultimate guide to thriving in the digital workspace. Stay tuned for updates and be among the first to elevate your virtual work experience!

Meet Q2 CAVO Visiting Virtual Expert, John Chen

John Chen is the expert behind Engaging Virtual Meetings, boasting over 37 years of virtual meeting proficiency. John’s expertise extends to managing up to 24 screens concurrently and orchestrating the singular 100% LIVE virtual conference within the training industry. Additionally, he has demonstrated his versatility by conducting webinars in eight distinct languages.

In addition to his practical accomplishments, John is a distinguished author, with acclaimed publications such as Engaging Virtual Meetings and 50 Digital Team Building Games, both published by Wiley and Sons. His contributions have earned him multiple accolades, and his impact has been felt by over 400,000 clients across the globe, including regions like the United States, Spain, France, and Taiwan, all of whom have experienced notable success under his guidance.

Expect an encounter with John to be characterized by his dynamic, energetic, and fun demeanor. As the CEO of Engaging Virtual Meetings for 27 years, he is dedicated to assisting you and your team in achieving the highest levels of success! He will share his virtual expertise through a webinar, podcast, blog, and CAVO newsletter article.

“Your virtual meetings can be as good as, or even better, than face to face meetings” – John Chen

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Virtual Leadership Framework

Since 1996, NU has been at the forefront of virtual leadership. To demonstrate our success and commitment to excellence in virtual leadership, NU’s School of Business has a pronged approach.

Emotional Intelligence
  • Manage Relationships
  • Adaptive Communication
  • Technology
  • Conflict Mitigation
  • Competency
  • Presence
Continuing Improvement
  • Change Management
  • Appreciate Inquiry
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Building Trust
  • Community Development
  • Stakeholder Management
Human Capital
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Worker Development
  • Work/Life Balance

Rawlings, M., Menefee, S., White, G., & Allen, B. (2020). Center for the Advancement of Virtual Organizations. National University.

Virtual. Remote. What’s the difference?

virtual organization is one where employees engage in a limited physical corporate office presence, connecting remotely via technology.

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).

Have a request for a future topic, tip, resource, success story, or want to engage with one of our contributors? If you’re interested in contributing to CAVO, please email us at [email protected].

Podcasts That Empower

Find insightful guidance on effective virtual workplace practices, including adaptive leadership, building trust and accountability through emotional intelligence, communication, engagement, presence, and much more.

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