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Call for Papers

Hello, everyone:

Please excuse any cross-posting. We are seeking contributions to the following volume. Please e-mail the editors if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Call for Chapters for the
Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices
Editors: Pavel Zemliansky, Ph.D, James Madison University
Kirk St. Amant, Ph.D, Texas Tech University

Introduction to the Subject Area

Online communication technologies (OCTs) are continually changing how we think about both the workplace and business interactions. More and more employees perform their job duties outside of traditional workplaces. The ability to work online offers more flexibility and responsiveness, both of which are essential for business success in the new millennium. OCTs can also enhance knowledge management (KM) by facilitating information sharing across an organization. Simultaneously, managers, workers, and educators who manage and work online or train others face new challenges and problems. These challenges include issues of corporate and employee time management, technology training, effective online communication among employees and with clients, and others.

Objective of the Book

The Handbook of Research on Virtual Workplaces and the New Nature of Business Practices will provide comprehensive coverage and definitions of the most important issues, concepts, trends and technologies in the fields of virtual workplaces and online work. The volume will feature entries of about 5000-7500 words covering a wide range of topics related to the subject of online workplace environments. Successful contributions will provide definitions, explanations, and applications of various pertinent topics and issues rather than in-depth discussions of narrow subjects. The publication will help in providing researchers, scholars, students and professionals’ access to the latest knowledge related to online work and solving related problems and challenges.

Audience for the Proposed Text

∑ Executives, managers, and other business decision makers who need to make informed choices about how their organizations can use virtual workplaces effectively. ∑ Researchers (both academic and corporate) studying virtual interactions and virtual workplace models for industry and academic ∑ Educators and trainers who increasingly find themselves using online media to deliver teaching or training in professional practices ∑ Administrators of public sector or other non-profit agencies who wish to incorporate virtual models and methods into their daily operations

Recommended Content Areas

Prospective subject areas and specific topics for this publication include, but are not limited to, the following:

∑ Histories of Virtual Workplaces
∑ Tools and Techniques: the Mechanisms that Make Virtual Workplaces Possible
∑ Tips and Techniques: Practices and Perspectives for Success in Virtual Workplaces ∑ Legalities and Confidentialities: Legal Issues, Professional Codes, and Corporate Policies as Related to the Virtual Workplace ∑ Identity, Community, and Loyalty: Creating a Common Corporate Culture or Identity within Virtual Workplace Environments ∑ Teaching and Training: Approaches on How to Best Train Employees to Work Successfully in Virtual Environments ∑ Culture, Communication, and Cyberspace: International Issues Related to Virtual Workplaces in an Age of Globalization ∑ Public vs. Private Sectors: Comparisons and Contrasts on the Uses of Virtual Workplaces by Businesses and by Government/Public Sector Organizations

Submission Procedure

Prospective authors are invited to submit chapter proposals of 200-500 words on or before June 15, 2006. In their proposal, prospective authors should clearly explain:

• The purpose and the contents of their proposed chapter
• How their proposed chapter relates to the overall objectives of the book

Authors will be notified of the status of their proposal and sent chapter organization guidelines by June 30, 2006. Drafts of chapters will be due by August 31, 2006.

Please send inquiries or submit material electronically (Rich Text files) to both editors at


The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc., www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, and Idea Group Reference imprints, in early 2008.

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