Advances in Networked Enterprises

Virtual Organizations, Balanced Automation, and Systems Integration

  • Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
  • Hamideh Afsarmanesh
  • Heinz-H. Erbe

Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 53)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Integration in Virtual Enterprises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Manuela Cunha, Goran D. Putnik, Paulo Ávila
      Pages 15-24
    3. Hermann Löh, Thomas M. Rupp, Mihailo Ristic
      Pages 25-34
  3. Information Management in Virtual Enterprises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Cesar Garita, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Yasemin Ugur, L. O. Hertzberger
      Pages 37-50
    3. Kurt Kosanke, Francois B. Vernadat, Martin Zelm
      Pages 61-70
  4. Distributed Production in Virtual Enterprises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Thomas Goletz, J. J. Pinto Ferreira
      Pages 73-80
    3. Ricardo J. Rabelo, Alexandra P. Klen, Aureo C. Ferreira
      Pages 81-90
  5. Creation of Virtual Enterprises

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Florian Golm, Alexander V. Smirnov
      Pages 103-110
  6. Cooperative Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Pedro Araújo, João José Pinto Ferreira, Dirk Förster, Jörg Goletz, Frank Heller, Eduarda Mendes et al.
      Pages 141-150

About this book


New market trends and the emergence of the so-called Internet-based `new economy' are leading companies to new forms of organization, mostly relying on privileged cooperation links. Nowadays, most manufacturing processes are not carried out by single enterprises. Rather, organizations feel the need to focus on their core competencies and join efforts with others, in order to fulfill the requirements of new products/services demanded by the global market. In a cooperative networked organization, every enterprise is just a node that adds some value to the process; namely, a step in the manufacturing/supply chain. Furthermore, manufacturing companies increasingly encompass what has typically been regarded as the domain of the service sector. They try to establish long-term relationships with their customers, in order to service their needs around a manufactured product. For these reasons, the area of virtual organizations and industrial virtual enterprises is attracting growing interest in terms of research and development, and implementation approaches for new business practices.
The main emphasis of this book is on virtual enterprises and other networked organizations, with special focus on: supporting infrastructures and management of distributed business processes, intelligent multi-agent systems, knowledge management, human interfaces, and socio-economical aspects. Also included in the book are related topics on automation, both in manufacturing and transportation. Special attention is assigned to the fact that advances in information technology and new organizational paradigms will be used not only to induce new economic structures, but also to help a sustainable migration of existing systems towards the new economy. When electronic business initiatives attract such widespread attention, it is important to conciliate the `old' and `new' economies under a balanced perspective.
Advances in Networked Enterprises is essential reading for researchers and engineering students in production engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial sociology, and transportation, as well as for engineers and practitioners in manufacturing and transportation systems organization and planning.


Cluster E-Commerce Manufacturing Processing Workflow Management automation autonom computer science configuration database knowledge management multi-agent system tools virtual reality

Editors and affiliations

  • Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
    • 1
  • Hamideh Afsarmanesh
    • 2
  • Heinz-H. Erbe
    • 3
  1. 1.New University of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Technical University of BerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-4445-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-35529-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4238
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-422X
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