Progress in collaborative networks continues showing a growing number of manifestations and has led to the acceptance of Collaborative Networks (CN) as a new scientific discipline. Contributions to CN coming from multiple reference disciplines has been extensively investigated. In fact developments in CN have benefited from contributions of multiple areas, namely computer science, computer engineering, communications and networking, management, economy, social sciences, law and ethics, etc. Furthermore, some theories and paradigms defined elsewhere have been suggested by several research groups as promising tools to help define and characterize emerging collaborative organizational forms. Although still at the beginning of a long way to go, there is a growing awareness in the research and academic world, for the need to establish a stronger theoretical foundation for this new discipline and a number of recent works are contributing to this goal.
From a utilitarian perspective, agility has been pointed out as one of the most appealing characteristics of collaborative networks to face the challenges of a fast changing socio-economic context. However, during the last years it became more evident that finding the right partners and establishing the necessary preconditions for starting an effective collaboration process are both costly and time consuming activities, and therefore an inhibitor of the aimed agility. Among others, obstacles include lack of information (e.g. non-availability of catalogs with normalized profiles of organizations) and lack of preparedness of organizations to join the collaborative process. Overcoming the mismatches resulting from the heterogeneity of potential partners (e.g. differences in infrastructures, corporate culture, methods of work, and business practices) requires considerable investment. Building trust, a pre-requisite for any effective collaboration, is not straight forward and requires time. Therefore the effective creation of truly dynamic collaborative networks requires a proper context in which potential members are prepared to rapidly get engaged in collaborative processes. The concept of breeding environment has thus emerged as an important facilitator for wider dissemination of collaborative networks and their practical materialization.
The PRO-VE'05 held in Valencia, Spain, continues the 6th event in a series of successful working conferences on virtual enterprises. This book includes selected papers from that conference and should become a valuable tool to all of those interested in the advances and challenges of collaborative networks.
|Series:||IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology , #186|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)|
Table of Contents
Holistic Approaches to Collaborative Networks.- Ecolead: A Holistic Approach to Creation and Management of Dynamic Virtual Organizations.- Request Based Virtual Organisations (RBVO): An Implementation Scenario.- Multi-Perspective Challenges on Collaborative Networks Business Environments.- Breeding Environments Management.- A Framework for Management of Virtual Organization Breeding Environments.- Co-Desnet: An Approach to Modeling Collaborative Demand and Supply Network.- Coordination of Competencies Development within Networks of SMEs.- Vo Creation - Frameworks.- Towards a Framework for Creation of Dynamic Virtual Organizations.- An Integrative Approach for Vo Planning and Launching.- The Formation of Collaborative Chains for Conceptual Design.- Vo Creation Partners Selection.- A Systematic Approach for VE Partners Selection Using the SCOR Model and the AHP Method.- The Role of Enterprise Modelling in Virtual Enterprises.- Towards Ontology-Based CNO Matching Applied to Squads.- Vo Creation - Optimization.- A Multi-Criteria Mathematical Programming Model for Agile Virtual Organization Creation.- Hierarchical Multi-Attribute Decision Support Approach to Virtual Organization Creation.- A Multi-Criteria Decision Support System for the Formation of Collaborative Networks of Enterprises.- Trust Management.- Trust Building for Smes Through an E-Engineering Hub.- A Decision Support Approach to Trust Modeling in Networked Organizations.- Toward Web Services Profiles for Trust and Security in Virtual Organisations.- A Secure Model to Establish Trust Relationships in Web Services for Virtual Organizations.- Vo Management.- Characterizing Virtual Organizations and Their Management.- Understanding and Managing Shared Projects in Smes Networks.- A Generic Framework Based on Machine Learning Techniques for Virtual Organization Management.- Vo Coordination.- Human Supervised Virtual Organization Management.- Improving Client Service Reliability in Collaborative Supply Chains: A Mas Scheduler.- Security Controls in Collaborative Business Processes.- Network Benefit Analysis.- An Approach for the Ascertainment of Profit Shares for Network Participants.- Network Analysis of Terrorism Defense Organizations - A Network Approach for Developing Performance Indicators.- Performance Indicators Based on Collaboration Benefits.- Performance Measurement.- A Performance Measurement System for Virtual and Extended Enterprises.- Virtual Scorecard as a Decision-Making Tool in Creating Virtual Organisation.- Towards Performance Measurement in Virtual Organizations.- Performance Management.- Global Performance Management for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (GPM-SME).- Combining Strategic, Operational and Financial Performance in the Virtual Organisation.- Perceptions of Value That Sustain Collaborative Networks.- Modeling and Meta-Modeling.- A Meta-Methodology Prototype for Collaborative Networked Organisations.- Methodology for Business Model Definition of Collaborative Networked Organizations.- A Folding Syntax for Semantic Modeling.- Towards a Meta-Model for Collaborative Construction Project Management.- Process Modeling.- Specification Model for the Development and Operation of a Virtual Company in the Aerospace Industry.- Modeling Structured Non-Monolithic Collaboration Processes.- Quantitative Models of Collaborative Networks.- Collaborative Healthcare Process Modelling: A Case Study.- Professional Virtual Communities the Organization and Business.- The Organization and Business Model of a Software Virtual Community in China.- A Conceptual Framework for “Professional Virtual Communities”.- Mobile and Location-Aware Workplaces and Global Value Networks: A Strategic Roadmap.- Service Oriented Architectures.- Open Multi-Technology Service Oriented Architectur for “Its” Business Models: The ITSIBus Etoll Services.- Enhancing Supply Chain Co-Ordination by Means of a Collaborative Platform Based on Service Oriented Architecture.- E-Services Interoperability Analysis and Roadmap Actions.- Interoperability and ICT Infrastructures.- Feature-Based Analysis Framework for Interoperability in Networked Organisations.- E-Business Software Evaluation.- Experiments on Grid Computing for VE-Related Applications.- Technology Infrastructure for Virtual Organisation of Toolmakers.- Legal Issues and Entities.- Legal Security and Credibility in Agent Based Virtual Enterprises.- Legal Risk Analysis with Respect to IPR in a Collaborative Engineering Virtual Organization.- Institutional Services for Dynamic Virtual Organizations.- Learning and Knowledge Creation.- A Different View of Learning and Knowledge Creation in Collaborative Networks.- A New Approach for E-Learning in Collaborative Networks.- A Simulation Game Approach to Support Learning and Collaboration in Virtual Organisations.- Collaborative Networks in Transportation Systems.- A Collaborative Network Case Study: The Extended “ViaVerde” Toll Payment System.- Towards a Virtual Enterprise for Passenger Transportation Using Agents.- The Global Automation Platform: An Agent-Based Framework for Virtual Organizations.- Other Case Studies.- Building an Integrated Pan-European News Distribution Network.- Success and Failure Factors of Collaborative Networks of Sme.