Risks, benefits and disadvantages

of different organization structures among contractors in the virtual teaming agreement environment



By Stanimir N. Sotirov

Dublin, Ireland



            credit: pixabay 

ACE in Project Business Management [1]


The remote/virtual teams[2] become more and more popular workforce in the present time. Their part in the organization structure growing considerably over the last few years. This is also because of the increasing need for shared resources usage as well as the significant number of cross-corporate projects, different types of partnerships and outsourcing activities. To all this, we can add also the need for people with flexible work hours and different time zones.

To manage these teams is a big challenge. The presence in the team of members – cross countries, cross culture, cross time zones and mostly cross-organizations. Not to mention that this entire structure communicating virtually most of the time.

To have a successful management model, these teams need to be reviewed from the organization structure perspective. To look at the diversity of the teams, to point the possible issues and to define each person, each process and tools that can be used in the work process.

Looking closer to these issues and assignments, which are essential for the team performance, we need to define the followings:

  • Roles and responsibilities;
  • Communication;
  • Working, committed to the same goal;
  • Relationship management;
  • Objectives;

The challenges of performance can be various. From a single problem dealing and one-time decisions to a multiple project work environment with a complex issue and all this done by people who are never or just a few times met in “face-to-face”, sometimes even work in various organizations, managed via different online tools.


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How to cite this article: Sotirov, S.N. (2020).  Risks, benefits and disadvantages of different organization structures among contractors in the virtual teaming agreement environment, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue I, January.  Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/pmwj89-Jan2020-Sotirov-risks-benefits-different-organization-structures.pdf



About the Author


Stanimir Sotirov

Dublin, Ireland





Stanimir Sotirov, SFC™, ACE®, SSYB™, PMI® Member & Volunteer, is an Operations Director with more than ten years of experience supervising several teams in different countries. He can plan and maintain work schedules and update procedures and policies and has excellent organizational and managing abilities with critical thinking and key decision skills.  He can be contacted at stanimir@sotirov.cc


[1] This article is based on official Pilot Qualification Program “ACE – Approved Consultant/Educator for Project Business Management” by Oliver F. Lehmann, MSc., PMP (2019)

[2] remote/virtual team – a group of people who are not located in the same place and/or have different time zones and working hours and very often from a diverse culture.