Knowledge Management in the Virtual Enterprise: Web Based Systems for Electronic Manufacturing

  • George Chryssolouris
  • Sotiris Makris
  • Dimitris Mourtzis
  • Nikolaos Papakostas


This chapter discusses the typical characteristics of virtual enterprises. Additionally, web based systems features are analysed. The focus is on modeling and implementation of such systems with respect to handling the knowledge in the virtual enterprise. Typical applications that have been developed to support the knowledge management in the virtual enterprise are discussed. Especially, the support of business process execution as the core of a knowledge management approach is discussed. Use of modern technologies for business process modeling like the UML is discussed. Flexible data exchange standards are compared like the XML to other alternatives and the advantages are demonstrated in a series of industrial scenarios. Finally, the synthesis of these technologies to implement web based systems is discussed.


Supply Chain Business Process Knowledge Management Mass Customization Virtual Enterprise 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Chryssolouris
    • 1
  • Sotiris Makris
    • 1
  • Dimitris Mourtzis
    • 1
  • Nikolaos Papakostas
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS), Department of Mechanical Engineering and AeronauticsUniversity of PatrasRio-PatrasGreece

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