Cooperation Among Organizations

The Potential of Computer Supported Cooperative Work

  • Richard J. D. Power

Part of the Research Reports ESPRIT book series (ESPRIT, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. Boudewijn D’Hauwers, Veerle Van Hyfte, Fernand Vandamme, Richard Power
    Pages 1-12
  3. Richard Power, Lorella Carminati
    Pages 13-25
  4. Paolo Amadio, Ilario Fassina
    Pages 26-40
  5. Mike Martin, Graeme Oswald
    Pages 41-71
  6. José Cuena, Ana García-Serrano
    Pages 72-102
  7. Encarna Pastor, Jonny Jager
    Pages 103-118
  8. Richard Power, Mike Martin
    Pages 119-124
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 125-140

About this book


This book reports research conducted in the ESPRIT project PECOS, which investigated the requirements for effective CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) with special reference to cooperation among organisations in large projects. It indicates commercial areas where CSCW technology can be applied, and examines such methodological issues as enterprise modelling, system architecture, and the incorporation of artificial intelligence techniques. PECOS studied two practical contexts. The first was the management of a complex industrial project, the construction of a high-speed train for the Italian railway, which required cooperation among four private companies. The second was the design of an information system for water management in the Lombardy region, which required cooperation among several different branches of public administration.fhese contexts were analysed, applying techniques of enterprise modelling, in order to identify requirements for CSCW systems. The composition of the book is as follows. Chapter 1 presents some highlights of the vast literature on cooperation, including results from psycholOgy, sociology, management science, linguistics, and artificial intelligence. Chapter 2 reviews the much shorter history of CSCW, with reference to a catalogue of existing systems given in an appendix at the end of the book. The next four chapters contain our original findings.


Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Computer-unterstützte Gruppenarbeit Innovative Projekte Organisationen Projekt-Management Unternehmensmodellierung computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) enterprise modelling information system modeling organisations organization project management system environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard J. D. Power
    • 1
  1. 1.Artificial Intelligence Software spaMilanoItaly

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-56263-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-84871-1
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