© 2005

Smart Business Networks

  • Peter Vervest
  • Eric van Heck
  • Louis-François Pau
  • Kenneth Preiss

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Introduction

  3. Outcomes of Smart Business Networks

    1. Benn Konsynski, Amrit Tiwana
      Pages 75-89
    2. Roger N. Nagel, Jason P. Walters, Greg Gurevich, Patrick D. Schmid
      Pages 127-143
    3. Al Dunn
      Pages 145-158
    4. Jo A.E.E. van Nunen, Rob A. Zuidwijk, Hans M. Moonen
      Pages 159-167
  4. Execution of Smart Business Networks

    1. Christopher P. Holland, Duncan R. Shaw, J.B. Westwood, Ian Harris
      Pages 171-184
    2. William Golden, Martin Hughes, Helen Burke
      Pages 185-195
    3. Katerina Pramatari, Georgios I. Doukidis, Panos Kourouthanassis
      Pages 197-210
    4. Matthijs J.J. Wolters, Peter H.M. Vervest, Eric van Heck
      Pages 211-223
    5. Peter C. Muller, Gerrit Schipper
      Pages 225-237
    6. Arun Rai, Jonathan Wareham, V. Sambamurthy
      Pages 239-254
  5. Governance of Smart Business Networks

    1. Diederik W. van Liere, Lorike Hagdorn, Martijn R. Hoogeweegen, Peter H. M. Vervest
      Pages 257-271
    2. Otto Koppius, Eric van Heck
      Pages 273-287

About this book


A number of scientists - from management and strategy, information systems, engineering and telecommunications - gathered at the Vanenburg castle in the Netherlands to discuss a novel concept: Smart Business Networks. They see the future as a developing web of people, organisations and IT/networking infrastructures, bound together in dynamic, unpredictable ways, creating smart outcomes from quickly (re-)configuring links between actors. They posed the question: What should be done to make the outcomes of such a network 'smart' that is just a little better than that of your competitor? More agile, with less pain, with more return to all the members of the network, now and over time? The answer was that we observe the emergence of "business operating systems" that run business processes on different organisational platforms while sharing elements of their infrastructures. Business processes become portable: The end-to-end management of different processes running across different organisations in many different forms becomes possible, while leaving to each actor the ultimate power of choosing its partners in different constellations. This book presents the outcomes of an energizing discussion of this emerging new direction in management science.


Information Systems Information Technology (IT) Smart Business Network Strategy Webservice architectures business business process business process management information system management networks operating system organization organizations

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Vervest
    • 1
  • Eric van Heck
    • 1
  • Louis-François Pau
    • 1
  • Kenneth Preiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Erasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Ben Gurion UniversityBeer ShevaIsrael

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