Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting‐edge research and case studies. Design/methodology/approach – This briefing is prepared by an independent writer who adds their own impartial comments and places the articles in context. Findings – Flexible working arrangements including working from home have become the norm in today's technology‐rich business environment. While the virtual office has many demonstrable advantages, including reducing office space requirements and assisting workers who are parents or carers, this flexibility has its critics who cite disadvantages such as a lack of social interaction between employees and reduced creativity. Solutions include upgrading technology to facilitate online meetings and audio conferencing, and creating hubs where remote workers can work and socialize with fellow virtual office employees from different firms and organizations. Practical implications – The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations. Originality/value – The briefing saves busy executives and researchers hours of reading time by selecting only the very best, most pertinent information and presenting it in a condensed and easy‐to digest format.
Strategic Direction – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jan 1, 2013
Keywords: Remote workers; Flexible working; Technology; Innovation; Telecommuting; Virtual office; Remote working; Networking; Hubs; Creativity