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Introduction

With the convergence of information technology and communication, the Internet has changed the way organizations communicate internally and externally, the way organizations are configured and the way organizations build partnerships. The virtual organization, which is actually a network form of organization, is an innovation in organizational design and has changed the definitions, boundaries and forms of inter-organizational collaboration and partnerships. E-partnerships where business partners transact and communicate with each other mainly through electronic technologies are no longer a gimmick. Technology, particularly web-based resources and systems, are indispensable for the e-partnerships and virtual organizations.

Innovation and creativity are needed to construct new theories and knowledge base to help to sustain the innovative e-partnerships and virtual organizations. Today’s complex and volatile business world calls for changes and alternatives to the old and conventional paradigm of organizational design and new ways of doing business with others. Those who are adept at adapting to changes are the only winners. This chapter aims to address the issues of changes and innovation associated with e-partnerships and virtual organizations. The specific objectives of this chapter are:


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