Market of Resources as a Virtual Enterprise Integration Enabler

Market of Resources as a Virtual Enterprise Integration Enabler

Maria M. Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal), Goran D. Putnik (University of Minho, Portugal), Angappa Gunasekaran (University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, USA) and Paulo Avila (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-405-7.ch007
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The search for increased competitiveness and efficiency during the last decade resulted in several organizational approaches that presented flexibility as a main characteristic. Some of these approaches rely on dynamically reconfigurable partnerships in permanent alignment with the market and strongly supported by information and communication technology, with the agile/virtual enterprise (A/VE) organizational model as a leading example. Several technologies and valuable applications have been developed to support some of these emerging models, however, the full potential of the A/VE model requires an environment coping with its requirements, and the Market of Resources concept is defended as a solution for virtual enterprise (VE) integration. The chapter discusses the requirements for the A/VE model and introduces the global structure and functionalities of the Market of Resources.

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