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Collaborative networks: a new scientific discipline

Abstract

Collaborative networks manifest in a large variety of forms, including virtual organizations, virtual enterprises, dynamic supply chains, professional virtual communities, collaborative virtual laboratories, etc. A large body of empiric knowledge related to collaborative networks is already available, but there is an urgent need to consolidate this knowledge and build the foundations for a more sustainable development of this area. The establishment of a scientific discipline for collaborative networks is a strong instrument in achieving this purpose. In this article the main characteristics of a “discipline” are analyzed in the context of collaborative networks, showing that the pre-conditions necessary for building this new discipline are available.

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Camarinha-Matos, L.M., Afsarmanesh, H. Collaborative networks: a new scientific discipline. J Intell Manuf 16, 439–452 (2005). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10845-005-1656-3

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Keywords

  • Collaborative networks
  • virtual organizations
  • virtual enterprises
  • professional virtual communities
  • virtual breeding environments