Sustainable Globally Integrated Enterprise (GIE)

  • Grace Lin
  • Ko-Yang Wang
Part of the International Series in Operations Research & Management Science book series (ISOR, volume 148)


In this chapter, we present the globally integrated enterprise (GIE) as an emerging business model with strong implications for how companies run and operate their global supply-and-demand chains. The GIE shifts the focus from an efficiency-driven model to a value-driven one which leverages and integrates global capabilities to deliver value speedily, seamlessly, and in a flexible way, while maximizing profits. A GIE is a complex organization that faces many challenges. The evolution of the supply chain in the last 20 years has paved the way for the Operation Research (OR)-enabled Sense-and-Respond Value Net that supports today’s GIE needs. We present a GIE case study of a business transformation journey. We then describe the next steps for GIEs to become more socially, economically, and environmentally responsible through the use of OR, business analytics, and IT.


Supply Chain Business Process Business Model Business Partner Enterprise Resource Planning System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Grace Lin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ko-Yang Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.World Resource Optimization Inc.ChappaquaUSA
  2. 2.Global Business Services, IBMArmonkUSA

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