Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 2273–2289 | Cite as

A Cloud-based solution/reference architecture for establishing collaborative networked organizations

  • Mohammad Reza Mollahoseini Ardakani
  • Seyyed Mohsen HashemiEmail author
  • Mohammadreza Razzazi


Collaborative networked organizations (CNOs) have been proposed as a response to the characteristics of highly competitive global business environments. So far, many projects have been funded to establish CNOs, however, most of these efforts have been done with traditional strategies. To move from the traditional methods of creating and operating inter-organizational collaborations towards Cloud-based solutions, we first adapt the Scrum methodology to being usable with specific characteristics of Cloud-oriented collaborations. In the following, we present a reference architecture for a system deployed on a Cloud provider offering the Creation phase of CNOs life cycle as a service. The goal is to show that Cloud is a potentially reliable, scalable, and cost-effective IT solution for exploitation of external knowledge resources, skills, and production facilities in CNO domain, where using traditional solutions were more challenging.


Cloud computing Collaborative networked organization Inter-organizational collaboration Reference architecture Trusted third-party 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Computer Engineering Department, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Amirkabir University of TechnologyTehranIran

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