International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Virtual Organizational Development and the History of the Internet: A Case Study of Parallel Evolution
Tina Abrefa-Gyan, Judith Barrett, Steven Soifer

Abstract
Online support communities and grass roots organizations have met since the 1990s via a milieu often advantageous to both. While the numbers of such virtual organizations appear to be growing, there is little published research on the historical encounter of a population in need with the internet driven development of a non-profit which addresses those needs. This article examines the organizational development of the International Paruresis Association as parallel to key advances in the technology of the internet.

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