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Cloaked Room

Virtual meetings are keeping quieter employees plugged in.

This story appears in the January 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When you think of virtual meetings, you probably imagine computer screens or conference phones connecting offices across the country or around the world. Indeed, companies often see them solely as an alternative to flying everyone to a central spot.

But Ajay Vinze, an information systems professor at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, has found that virtual meetings can be a huge benefit to companies--even when all the employees are located in the same building.

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