Definitions, Scope, and Significance

  • Shimon Y. NofEmail author
  • Jose Ceroni
  • Wootae Jeong
  • Mohsen Moghaddam
Part of the Automation, Collaboration, & E-Services book series (ACES, volume 2)


Engineered, augmented collaboration goes beyond the availability of cellphones, teleconferences, and other communication devices. When those enable human to human communication, it increases work overload and engages the human parties, usually preventing them from full participation in other assignments or meetings. But when cyber support, operating at a parallel cyber space, provides streamlined and timely information analyses and optimized workflows, collaboration activities can be fulfilled more efficiently and effectively, and with better quality of outcomes. This chapter discusses why we collaborate, and introduces definitions, scope, and significance. The objective here and in the rest of the book is to explain how collaborative e-Work, “electronic work”, the foundation of e-Business and e-Service (“electronic business” and “electronic service”, respectively), can be engineered, streamlined, and optimized; how effective, efficient and sustainable collaboration can be designed and guided successfully.


Collaboration Process Distribute Control System Market Concentrator Virtual Manufacturing Coordination Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shimon Y. Nof
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jose Ceroni
    • 2
  • Wootae Jeong
    • 3
  • Mohsen Moghaddam
    • 4
  1. 1.PRISM Center & School of IEPurdue University West LafayetteUSA
  2. 2.School of Industrial Engineering Catholic University of ValparaísoValparaísoChile
  3. 3.Korea Railroad Research Institute UiwangRepublic of South Korea
  4. 4.PRISM Center & School of IE Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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