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What is Competency Class

Encyclopedia of Networked and Virtual Organizations
An existence of the competency in the world; it distinguishes it from other existing competencies and defines relations to them. Competency class may be extended by a definition of means used to measure the level and robustness of the competency. If a class is not specific enough, specializing classes may exist. Thus, every competency class can have its generalizing and specializing class(es).
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e-Cat for Partner Profiling and Competency Management Tool
Jiri Hodík (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), Jiri Vokrínek (Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic), and Petr Becvár (Certicon Corp., Czech Republic)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-885-7.ch060
A modern industry environment requires very fast response to incoming business opportunities. Small and medium enterprises (SME) usually cannot satisfy complex customer needs on their own. Collaboration between enterprises is needed to cover all the business aspects and opportunities (Boughzala & Zacklad, 1999; Ríha, Pechoucek, Vokrínek, & Marík, 2002). To increase their competitiveness and to gain more business opportunities, SMEs form alliances. Such alliances may support their members by tools for effective partner search, social knowledge management, negotiation support, and others. This article presents a concept and a prototype of a tool for profile and competency management for SME clusters—the e-Cat. The main goal of our work is to simplify and integrate cooperation between SMEs by sharing information about their abilities, competencies, and services that collaboratively cover new business opportunities. The e-Cat is based on a hybrid architecture consisting of peer-to-peer cooperating units supported by centralized components. The user interface to the system is provided by thin clients through ordinary Web-page browsers.
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