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Creative Commons licence CC BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial)Logforum. 2016. 12(4), article 9, 301-312; DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2016.4.9


Sabina Wyrwich-Płotka1, Jarosław Witkowski2

1Opole University, Opole, Poland
University of Economics in Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland


Background: The paper is devoted to the notion and benefits of implementing virtual work in global supply chains. Virtual work must be understood as an intentional activity of a human being, aimed at rendering services (tangible and intangible), by means of ITC tools, performed in a distance from the traditional place of work, in a mobile manner. The empirical research were conducted on the basis of 4 case studies of global leaders of supply chains, which in accordance with M. Fisher's classification, represent two types. The case studies confirmed the positive influence of virtual work both in effective and flexible supply chains. Favourable market and technological conditions and increasing awareness of benefits of virtual work will make it more and more widespread in companies comprising global supply chains.

The aim of the study is to demonstrate the cause and effect relationships between virtual work and competitiveness of efficient and flexible supply chain.

Methods: The paper is based on the available recent scientific-theoretical research and publication.  The authors analyzed 4 enterprises in Poland. The enterprises representing a flexible or an effective supply chain, either using or not a virtual work. The study carried out the authors had the form of individual interviews. The authors used case studies to show that virtual work brings notable benefits in an effective and flexible supply chain. 

Results: Based on these case studies, the authors demonstrated reasons to implement virtual work in selected enterprises. The reasons to implement virtual work are determinants of possible achieve economies in effective and flexible supply chain

Conclusions: The examined case studies show that virtual work brings different benefits. In the effective supply chain, virtual workers enable to increase effectiveness and financial results for example. In the flexible supply chain the virtual work can be a way to maintain and build long-term relations with suppliers and customers.

Keywords: virtual work, supply chain, supply chain management, flexible supply chain, effective supply chain, new methods of work
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MLA Wyrwich-Płotka, Sabina, and Jarosław Witkowski. "Virtualization of work in global supply chains." Logforum 12.4 (2016): 9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2016.4.9
APA Sabina Wyrwich-Płotka, Jarosław Witkowski (2016). Virtualization of work in global supply chains. Logforum 12 (4), 9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2016.4.9
ISO 690 WYRWICH-PŁOTKA, Sabina, WITKOWSKI, Jarosław. Virtualization of work in global supply chains. Logforum, 2016, 12.4: 9. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17270/J.LOG.2016.4.9