Virtual Enterprise Integration: Challenges of a New Paradigm

Virtual Enterprise Integration: Challenges of a New Paradigm

Goran D. Putnik (University of Minho, Portugal), Maria M. Cunha (Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave, Portugal), Rui Sousa (University of Minho, Portugal) and Paulo Avila (Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-405-7.ch001
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Virtual enterprise integration (VEI) is virtually the most critical success factor for making virtual enterprise (VE) a real, competitive, and widely implemented organizational and management concept. However, according to many authors, the present solutions for VEI are either insufficient or inexistent. One of the reasons for the situation is the failure of the approach of “traditional” information systems and organizations to dealing with the nowadays turbulent market and organizations’ requirements, where actual VEI solutions are mainly sought. This chapter presents a discussion on the VEI issue as a contribution to a better understanding of the VEI phenomenon, and it could be seen as a contribution to an eventual framework for VEI science, engineering, development, and implementation. Also, two metatheoretical structures for VEI research and development are proposed: VEI abstractions hierarchy and VEI semiotics.

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