Explorative Configuration of Supplier Cooperation as an E-Marketplace Service

  • Heiko Thimm
  • Kathrin Thimm
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 255)


Supplier E-Marketplaces prevalently offer composite products that require complex production processes where multiple suppliers cooperate with each other. Since collaborating suppliers often hold overlapping production competencies multiple process alternatives may exist where production steps are allocated to suppliers in different ways. This process variability may be exploited for a supplier configuration engine where customers, similar to a product configuration engine, may control the handlers of the production process according to own needs and preferences. We present and discuss an initial set of configuration criteria for such an engine and a first pilot architecture for a corresponding E-Marketplace service.


E-Commerce Electronic marketplace Internet business collaboration Inter-organizational enterprise systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heiko Thimm
    • 1
  • Kathrin Thimm
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Business Information SystemsUniversity of Applied Sciences KielKielGermany

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