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Title: Partner selection and information infrastructure of a virtual enterprise network
Authors: Lau, HCW
Wong, ETT
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: International journal of computer integrated manufacturing, 2001, v. 14, no. 2, p. 186-193 How to cite?
Journal: International journal of computer integrated manufacturing 
Abstract: With the rapid development of transportation and Internet technology, more and more businesses are being organized as manufacturing networks of different units. Some of these units are wholly owned by the core company, others are outsourced to service providers. The formation of virtual enterprises is becoming a growing trend as companies concentrate on lean manufacturing, core competence and economic benefit. Study indicates that the administration and management of these networks, which involves a number of partner companies with dissimilar business natures and mostly geographically dispersed, is an important issue to be addressed. Owing to the diverse interests, competence and business culture of individual partner companies, the selection of manufacturing partners is a key success factor. In addition, the capability of the information flow infrastructure is another consideration since it affects the performance of the virtual network. This paper attempts to address both of these issues with the objective of showing how small firms can make use of the emerging technology. A case example is presented to illustrate the manufacture of electronic pagers via the virtual enterprise network.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/16727
ISSN: 0951-192X
EISSN: 1362-3052
DOI: 10.1080/09511920150216305
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