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E-Business and Virtual Enterprises

Managing Business-to-Business Cooperation

  • Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
  • Hamideh Afsarmanesh
  • Ricardo J. Rabelo
Conference proceedings PRO-VE 2000

Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. New Organizational Models

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marcelo Moretti Fioroni, Antônio Batocchio
      Pages 21-28
    3. Paulo S. Grave, Fernando A. Gimenez, Ariston A. Mendes, João M. Crubellate
      Pages 29-36
    4. Wilson Castello Branco Neto, Fernando A. O. Gauthier
      Pages 37-44
  3. Infrastructure Requirements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. María Elena Léon, Rodrigo Salamoni, João Amato Neto
      Pages 63-70
    3. Annibal José Scavarda, Leonardo Junqueira Lustosa, Luiz Felipe Scavarda, José Paulo Teixeira
      Pages 71-78
  4. Infrastructures Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. L. M. Camarinha-Matos, H. Afsarmanesh, R. Rabelo
      Pages 89-104
    3. Antonio Carlos dos Santos, Tédi Itamar Zanfolim, Ricardo Muneo Kayo, Talita Andréa Avante Rozante, Ana Érica Monte Morbiolo, Simone Vasconcelos Ribeiro Galina et al.
      Pages 105-112
    4. Ana Paula Freitas Mundim, Carlos Frederico Bremer
      Pages 113-126
    5. Marcius F. Carvalho, Carlos Machado
      Pages 127-134
  5. Multi-Agent Based Collaboration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Américo L. Azevedo, Jorge P. Sousa, António L. Soares
      Pages 137-144
    3. Ricardo J. Rabelo, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
      Pages 145-156
    4. Louis Cloutier, Jean-Marc Frayret, Sophie D’Amours, Benoît Montreuil
      Pages 157-166

About these proceedings


The fast progress in computer networks and their wide availability complemented with on one hand the "explosion" of the mobile computing and on the other hand the trends in the direction of ubiquitous computing, act as powerful enablers for new forms of highly dynamic collaborative organizations and emergence of new business practices. The first efforts in virtual enterprises (VE) were strongly constrained by the need to design and develop horizontal infrastructures aimed at supporting the basic collaboration needs of consortia of enterprises. Even pilot projects that were focused on specific business domains were forced to first develop some basic infrastructures before being able to develop their specific business models. Nowadays, although there is still a need to consolidate and standardize the horizontal infrastructures, the focus is more and more directed to the development of new vertical business models and the corresponding support tools. At the same time, in the earlier R&D projects, the attention was almost exclusively devoted to the operation phase of the VE life cycle, while now there are more activities addressing the creation phase, developing mechanisms to support the rapid formation of new virtual organizations for new business opportunities. In order to complete the life cycle, there is a need to also invest on support for VE dissolution.


Analysis Business-to-business CSCW E-Business E-Commerce Electronic Business Electronic Commerce Scheduling knowledge management modeling organization tools ubiquitous computing

Editors and affiliations

  • Luis M. Camarinha-Matos
    • 1
  • Hamideh Afsarmanesh
    • 2
  • Ricardo J. Rabelo
    • 3
  1. 1.New University of LisbonPortugal
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Federal University of Santa CatarinaBrazil

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