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Patterns of virtual organization: the case of the National Clearinghouse for Geographic Information

Patterns of virtual organization: the case of the National Clearinghouse for Geographic Information Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 197–207 IOS Press E.J.Th. van Hout and V.J.J.M. Bekkers Center for Law, Public Administration and Informatization, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands 1. Introduction “It’s organization Jim, but not as we know it” Network technology facilitates processes of public organization and public policy making. It is a technical infrastructure which enables and shapes patterns of social organization between individuals, groups and organizations. In this context it is considered a network organization or virtual organization. Virtual organization stands for a range of new patterns of organizing (both the organizational process as well as its policy making functions) based on electronic interaction and communication. These renewed patterns of organizing are hitherto thought of in terms of organizational forms: strictly limited to well defined organizational borders and restricting the organizational form in a functional, hierarchical, geographical sense. We believe that conceptualizing the concept of organization in terms of these organizational forms is a rather classical and out-dated way of conceptualizing organizations in an electronic environment. Looking at the emergent ways of organizing on for instance the Internet, it is more appropriate to talk about ‘patterns of organization and organizing’. Conceptualizing electronic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Information Infrastructure and Policy IOS Press

Patterns of virtual organization: the case of the National Clearinghouse for Geographic Information

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Information Infrastructure and Policy 6 (2000) 197–207 IOS Press E.J.Th. van Hout and V.J.J.M. Bekkers Center for Law, Public Administration and Informatization, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands 1. Introduction “It’s organization Jim, but not as we know it” Network technology facilitates processes of public organization and public policy making. It is a technical infrastructure which enables and shapes patterns of social organization between individuals, groups and organizations. In this context it is considered a network organization or virtual organization. Virtual organization stands for a range of new patterns of organizing (both the organizational process as well as its policy making functions) based on electronic interaction and communication. These renewed patterns of organizing are hitherto thought of in terms of organizational forms: strictly limited to well defined organizational borders and restricting the organizational form in a functional, hierarchical, geographical sense. We believe that conceptualizing the concept of organization in terms of these organizational forms is a rather classical and out-dated way of conceptualizing organizations in an electronic environment. Looking at the emergent ways of organizing on for instance the Internet, it is more appropriate to talk about ‘patterns of organization and organizing’. Conceptualizing electronic

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Information Infrastructure and PolicyIOS Press

Published: Jan 1, 2000

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