A Study Of Strategic Sourcing And Strategic Supporting Of Virtual Teams

Ajantha S. Dharmasiri and G.H. Jayakody


Citation: Dharmasiri, A.S. & Jayakody, G.H.,(2021). A study of strategic sourcing and strategic supporting of virtual teams. SAM Advanced Management Journal, 86(2),45-53;


The number of virtual teams has increased in recent years due to globalization of business, advanced information and communication technology and increased need for innovation and competitiveness. In this article, two different virtual team arrangements that are successful in meeting their current competitive needs are reported. Data collected using in-depth interviews were analyzed and several key patterns that support strategic sourcing and strategic supporting emerged. Accordingly, the organization with “virtual teams in an organization (VTO)”structure indicated support for strategic supporting whereas the organization with “Organization as Virtual Teams (OVT)” structure indicated patterns that support strategic sourcing. The authors envisage that there is an opportunity for HRM to leverage on strategic opportunities when overlap of VTO and OVT structures is considered.


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