An innovative framework supporting SME networks for complex product manufacturing

Luis Maia Carneiro, Ricardo Almeida, Américo Lopes Azevedo, Timo Kankaanpaa, A. H.M. Shamsuzzoha

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Current market dynamics require European SME's to focus on complex products manufacturing and to build non-hierarchical business networks, to assure competitiveness and sustainability. Such trend demands appropriate methods for network formation and management, including reference collaboration processes and supporting ICT tools. This paper presents a framework to support SME's in the creation and management of non-hierarchical networks designed and developed within the European RTD project Net-Challenge. This framework includes methodologies, processes and ICT decision support tools aiming at the efficient creation and management of these networks assuring quick response times and competitive and differentiated offerings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Networks for a Sustainable World - 11th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises, PRO-VE 2010, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)3642159605, 9783642159602
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume336 AICT
ISSN (Print)1868-4238


  • complex manufacturing
  • dynamic networks
  • non-hierarchical business networks
  • sustainability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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