Enterprise Reconfiguration Dynamics and Business Alignment

Enterprise Reconfiguration Dynamics and Business Alignment

G. D. Putnik (University of Minho, Portugal), M. Manuela Cunham (Polytecnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Portugal), B. Conceição Cortes (Business Objects, UK) and P. Silva Ávila (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-048-6.ch001
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The phenomenon of the enterprise organizational reconfiguration and its dynamics as a business alignment enabler is discussed. Business alignment means the enterprise’s actions undertaken to gain synergy between the business; that is, the market opportunity and the provision of the required, or innovative, product, with the required, or designed, specifications at the required, or proper, time, with the lowest cost and best possible return (financial or other). The enterprise’s organization “fast reconfiguration,” either as a proactive or as a reactive action, or “fast adaptation” or “flexibility” (as a “reactive” action), is seen as the main enabler of business alignment and the main requirement for achieving competitiveness. The need to keep a close alignment with the dynamic market environment in permanent change implies the high dynamics of the organizations’ organization, or organizational structure, reconfiguration. The first part of the text presents enterprise’s requirements for competitiveness and business alignment, while the second part discusses the phenomenon of the enterprise reconfigurability as the business alignment enabler. In the third part, an analysis of some organizational and management approaches, from the reconfigurability point of view, is presented. The text ends with a conclusion and references.

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Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Bruno Conceicao Cortes, Goran D. Putnik
Maria Manuela Cruz-Cunha, Bruno Conceicao Cortes, Goran D. Putnik
Chapter 1
G. D. Putnik, M. Manuela Cunham, B. Conceição Cortes, P. Silva Ávila
The phenomenon of the enterprise organizational reconfiguration and its dynamics as a business alignment enabler is discussed. Business alignment... Sample PDF
Enterprise Reconfiguration Dynamics and Business Alignment
Chapter 2
J. Ramanathan
Today’s service-oriented organizations must embrace variation and learn to adapt to an externally driven environment. They also must deal with... Sample PDF
Co-Engineering Business, Information Use, and Operations Systems for IT-Enabled Adaptation
Chapter 3
I. McKeachie
This chapter presents a case study of the empirical development and implementation of a commercially successful enterprise modeling framework and... Sample PDF
Dynamic Enterprise Modeling for Knowledge Worker Industries
Chapter 4
K. E. Voges, M. F. Duarte Romero
Well-managed information is the basis of any successful enterprise. The current increase in information management capacity generates opportunities... Sample PDF
Enterprise Systems: Innovation, Development, and Advantages
Chapter 5
R. Houe
Business integration requires that each partner can guarantee not only the quality of its products, but also the qualification and competence of its... Sample PDF
Competence Management for Business Integration
Chapter 6
V. Amorim, S. Santana
The insurance business bases heavily on data, information and knowledge processing. Hence, entities in the business need great connectivity and... Sample PDF
Business Integration in the Insurance Industry: The Intermediary Side of the Question
Chapter 7
Silvio Gonnet, Marcela Vegetti, Horacio Leone, Gabriela Henning
This contribution points out the various challenges associated to Supply Chain Management (SCM). SCM involves coordinating and integrating material... Sample PDF
SCOntology: A Formal Approach toward a Unified and Integrated View of the Supply Chain
Chapter 8
M. Rabaey, H. Tromp, K. Vandenborre
In this ever faster changing world, organizations have to adapt quickly to changes in the market or its environment. Business integration, within... Sample PDF
Holistic Approach to Align ICT Capabilities with Business Integration
Chapter 9
S. A. Carlsson
In this chapter, we focus the role of information systems (IS) integration in the context of corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&As). We address... Sample PDF
Managing Information Systems Integration in Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
Chapter 10
F. Aggogeri
This chapter explains how the successful theories about process integration can be implemented in different industrial fields by introducing a... Sample PDF
The Impact of the Process Integration on Business Management: Case Studies using Six Sigma Methodology
Chapter 11
A. Draghici
This chapter explains knowledge management’s (KM) role for competitive advantage as a means of new business requirement in the knowledge-based... Sample PDF
New Business Requirements in the Knowledge-Based Society
Chapter 12
G. D. Tripodi
This chapter is focused in conceptualizing and getting results on topics that contribute to the understanding of the Society of Knowledge, focused... Sample PDF
Intelligent Organizations: Knowledge Computing Management
Chapter 13
V. Janev
This chapter introduces a business integration framework suitable for knowledge management in research and development (R&D) organizations in the... Sample PDF
Integration of Knowledge Resources in R&D Organizations: The Case of Mihajlo Pupin Institute
Chapter 14
A. M. Fermoso Garcia
This chapter introduces different alternatives to store and manage jointly relational and eXtensible Markup Language (XML) data sources. Nowadays... Sample PDF
Business Information Integration from XML and Relational Databases Sources
Chapter 15
Y. Zhao
The semantic Web suggests to annotate Web resources with machine-processable metadata; and ontologies, as means to conceptualize and structure... Sample PDF
Ontology Mapping Techniques in Information Integration
Chapter 16
M. Stanojevic
In this chapter, a few software architectures and platforms are discussed in relation with their ability to cope with business integration problems... Sample PDF
Integration Platform for De-Centralized Investment Projects Appraisal
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