Activity Coordination for Flexible Processes in Instant Virtual Enterprises

N D Mehandjiev, I D Stalker, M R Carpenter

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This paper presents a novel approach to supporting the design and evolution of supply networks which integrates collaborative planning with last-minute responsiveness and supply network evolution. The underlying theoretical model is based on activity coordination (T.W. Malone and K. Crowston) and meta-management (A. Mowshowitz) to deliver two key contributions. Firstly, innovative and emergent compositions of value-adding activities and services are enabled by separating abstract requirements for activities such as transportation from providers (e.g. logistic suppliers). Secondly, responsiveness to last-minute changes of customer needs or transport disturbances is provided by postponing the allocation of providers to abstract activity requirements till the last possible moment, and continuously monitoring and improving the effectiveness of the supplier allocation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEnabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Enterprises, 2007. WETICE 2007. 16th IEEE International Workshops on
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)0-7695-2879-1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007

Publication series

NameWETICE '07


  • groupware
  • planning
  • supply chain management
  • virtual enterprises
  • abstract activity requirements
  • activity coordination
  • collaborative planning
  • flexible processes
  • instant virtual enterprises
  • meta-management
  • supplier allocation
  • supply network evolution
  • transport disturbances
  • value-adding activities
  • Collaboration
  • Concrete
  • Delay
  • Design optimization
  • Logistics
  • Recruitment
  • Resource management
  • Runtime
  • Supply chains
  • Virtual enterprises


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