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Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 16, Issue 4–5, pp 439–452 | Cite as

Collaborative networks: a new scientific discipline

  • Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
  • Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Article

Abstract

Collaborative networks manifest in a large variety of forms, including virtual organizations, virtual enterprises, dynamic supply chains, professional virtual communities, collaborative virtual laboratories, etc. A large body of empiric knowledge related to collaborative networks is already available, but there is an urgent need to consolidate this knowledge and build the foundations for a more sustainable development of this area. The establishment of a scientific discipline for collaborative networks is a strong instrument in achieving this purpose. In this article the main characteristics of a “discipline” are analyzed in the context of collaborative networks, showing that the pre-conditions necessary for building this new discipline are available.

Keywords

Collaborative networks virtual organizations virtual enterprises professional virtual communities virtual breeding environments 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New University of LisbonMonte CaparicaPortugal
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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