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Manufacturing in Networks - Competitive Advantages for Virtual Enterprises

Produktion in Netzwerken - Wettbewerbsvorteile virtueller Unternehmen
: Westkämper, E.; Tutsch, H.-J.

Jacucci, G.; Olling, G.J.; Preiss, K.; Wozny, M.J. ; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Working Group 5.2 Computer Aided Design; International Federation for Information Processing -IFIP-, Working Group 5.3 Computer Aided Manufacturing:
The globalization of manufacturing in the digital communications era of the 21st century: Innovation, agility and the virtual enterprise. Proceedings of the tenth international IFIP WG 5.2/5.3 International Conference PROLAMAT 98
Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers Group, 1998
ISBN: 0-412-83540-1
International PROLAMAT Conference <10, 1998, Trento>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Cooperating Networks; cooperation; kleine und mittlere Unternehmen; Netzwerkorganisation; Unternehmensnetzwerk; virtuelles Unternehmen; Zusammenarbeit

Volltext: Typical aspects of global competition are the regionally different production factors and varying demands on product function, quality and performance. Success is not only a matter of consistent market orientation but increasingly depends on regional contributions to production and employment. Crucial success factors are cooperation, the availability of components in a country, the use of the existing infrastructure, etc. Thus, many companies are building up international production capacities of shifting them to foreign regional markets to sell their products not only at home but also in international markets. They form global networks to which independent partners contribute their individual core competencies. The following article describes approaches to activate performance potentials absolutely necessary in the global competition. Virtual enterprises allow a close-to-the-customer production together with extremely flexible capacities and short shipping times. Especially for SME this is a chance to participate in the global competition to their maximum advantage. This article shows the benefits of virtual enterprises. It describes the life cycle of a virtual enterprise dealing with key aspects from the creation to the management of such an organisation.