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BUSN630 - Virtual Organizations

Course Details

Course Code: BUSN630 Course ID: 2745 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course focuses upon the problems and challenges of managing individuals, groups, and organizations in a virtual or distributed environment. Virtual means that work is accomplished by interdependent people performing at different time or places, or across organizations. This course addresses current topics associated with the new forms of organizing that new technology and accompanying strategic changes promote. The student will examine online business models, sources of competitive advantage in e-commerce, and techniques for evaluating opportunities. In this context, the student will also discuss ways in which e-commerce organizations differ from conventional organizations and how to create e-commerce alliances. Issues include a focus on social interactions; the social, political, economic, and technological contexts of virtual communities and the limits for their sustenance.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
05/27/19 - 11/01/19 11/04/19 - 12/29/19 Fall 2019 Session I 8 Week session
07/29/19 - 01/03/20 01/06/20 - 03/01/20 Winter 2020 Session B 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

The successful student will fulfill the following learning objectives:

  1. Compare and contrast the complex relationships among individual, organizational, and societal cultures within the virtual business environment.
  2. Analyze the risks and opportunities associated with operating a virtual organization.
  3. Identify and describe the ways in which virtual technologies enable communications in the global workplace.
  4. Analyze viable plans to manage organizational competencies to respond to changes in technology.
  5. Define and describe virtual organizations and evaluate its impact on traditional business strategies, processes, and functions.
  6. Assess the role of technology and technology resources in enabling overall business goals and strategies.
  7. Analyze examples of organizations that successfully applied e-business principles in support of business goals and strategies.
  8. Examine the integration of e-business and technology management within functional management roles.
  9. Examine the impact of legal, regulatory, and ethics issues on the virtual organization.

Discussion Forum Participation Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 (5 points each: 5 x 6 = 30 total points)

Discussion Forum Posts

Please join the discussion forum during the class session. Students must post a reply to the weekly discussion question and at least one reply to two other students. Replies must be posted in the week due and replies after the end of the each week will not be graded. The discussion forums are for student interaction and submitting input after the weekends serves no learning objectives. Students should demonstrate their own knowledge in the discussions Forums and avoid copying and pasting from web sites.

Students should NOT post their discussion replies as an assignment. Your grade earned for the discussion forums will be based on your total engagement during the week. For example, your initial reply might be lacking some content or detail but through engagement with other students your discussions might conclude with enough detail and explanation to earn full points. Your discussion forum grade will be based on your first reply (possible 50%) and your further engagement with your classmates (50%). Just replying does not guarantee full credit. You must provide meaningful input that will further the discussion in the Forums. Please note that the discussion forum is an important part of your grade in this class.

Please do not decide you will submit your initial discussion reply as an assignment “just to be safe”. Instructors have a direct link to the grade book from the discussion forum. I

will grade directly from the discussion forum. Be aware: Instructors must grade all assignments submitted by students. If you decide to go against the class policy and submit your discussion reply as an assignment, I will grade that one input as you request (50%) and will not go back to the discussion forum to grade. There is no way students can earn full points for discussion forum activity if they submit one note as an assignment. Avoid making this mistake.

Exceptions for late work: There is always the occasional time when a student needs to post work late, either because of deployment, illness, etc. Please let me know if there is are extenuating circumstances that merit an extension.


There will be homework assignments almost every week during the course. Please review the weekly schedule posted below to ensure that you are submitting the assignments each week.

All assignments should be prepared in Microsoft Word and uploaded into the student folder by the due date (generally Sunday evening).

NameGrade %
Participation 25.00 %
DB1 3.57 %
DB2 3.57 %
DB3 3.57 %
DB4 3.57 %
DB5 3.57 %
DB6 3.57 %
DB7 3.57 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %
Article Summaries 20.00 %
Week 3 - Article Summary #1 10.00 %
Week 7 - Article Summary #2 10.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 15.00 %
Week 5 Assignment 15.00 %
Research Paper 25.00 %
Week 8 - Research Paper 25.00 %

Please see additional information about accessing e-books here and in the Course Materials section under Lessons.

Required Readings

We will cover all chapters of the primary textbook (A Manager’s Guide to Virtual Teams: Yael Zofi) during this eight (8) week course. As a student, you are expected to read each of the assigned chapters. This is a lot of reading so be sure to cover the assigned chapters every week or it will be very difficult to catch up. You will need to be familiar with the reading to pass the exams.

Websites and Videos

In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain websites and video links are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources. Note website and video addresses are subject to change.

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.