Panel Description: The future of business meetings — possibilities and problems of computer support in virtual organisations
Due to globalisation of markets, business processes of today are characterized by a change from individual work to team work as well as by a shift from single, independently acting corporations to virtual organisations operating as dynamic networks. On the other hand, trends emerging in this context are joint ventures and outsourcing — trends which result in an increased complexity and frequency of communication, co-ordination and co-operation within companies as well as across organisational boundaries. As a consequence, meetings at all levels have become more frequently over the past decade. This development calls for improved and enhanced communication facilities at an internal level, e.g., between various teams of a company, and at an external level, e.g., between a corporation and its suppliers or customers.