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The International Association of Virtual Organizations was formed in the mid 1990’s as a support association for virtual workers and telecommuters. In the 1990’s, there was wide-held belief that the emergence of the Internet would lead to significant changes in work habits and employer expectations. The thinking was people could essentially work from anywhere for anyone. Behind this stance, however, would be a complex set of legal guidelines and performance requirements (e.g., human resources, payroll, insurance and liability, etc.) and infrastructure (e.g., video conferencing, global mobile coverage, etc.). The association served as a conduit for much of this discussion. The original membership consisted of thousands of users world-wide, including major corporations (e.g., Boeing and Kodak) and government departments (e.g., DoD). Programs included credentialing, conferences, certification, and original-work on-line journal archives from global contributors.

The association continued until the Internet financial meltdown of mid-2002.

By 2003, sponsorship eroded as Dot Com fortunes continued to vanish, as did the association’s ability to support the evolving virtual world.

The ownership was eventually transferred to private investors, and organizations became a private company focused on business capitalization.

In the meantime, the new ownership created the Virtual Advisory Council from the association’s remaining elements, and today it remains active as the primary component surviving the original International Association of Virtual Organizations.

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