© 2010

Dynamic Business Process Formation for Instant Virtual Enterprises

  • Nikolay Mehandjiev
  • Paul Grefen
  • Presents important research innovations for analyzing business opportunities to form virtual enterprises

  • Demonstrates the application of advanced conceptual and technological contributions in the field of interorganizational information systems to real industrial case studies

  • Has a modular design with general and specialized chapters, so that it will appeal to people from scientific, technical and business/consulting backgrounds


Part of the Advanced Information and Knowledge Processing book series (AI&KP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Nikolay Mehandjiev, Paul Grefen, Santi Ristol
      Pages 3-12
    3. Nikolay Mehandjiev, Alexander Haemmerle, Paul Grefen, Santi Ristol
      Pages 13-23
  3. Business, Organization and Architecture

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Nikolay Mehandjiev, Paul Grefen, Kurt Fessl, Wolfgang Bittner, Santi Ristol
      Pages 27-38
    3. Paul Grefen, Nikolay Mehandjiev
      Pages 39-47
    4. Paul Grefen, Rik Eshuis, Iain Duncan Stalker, Georgios Kouvas
      Pages 49-68
  4. CrossWork Technology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Iain Duncan Stalker, Martin Carpenter
      Pages 71-91
    3. Rik Eshuis, Alex Norta
      Pages 93-111
    4. Georgios Kouvas, Paul Grefen, Ana Juan
      Pages 113-132
    5. Stefan Oppl, Peter Peherstorfer, Christian Stary
      Pages 133-150
    6. Iain Duncan Stalker, Martin Carpenter, Nikolay Mehandjiev, Ali Owrak, Georg Weichhart
      Pages 151-167
  5. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Kurt Fessl, Martin Carpenter, Stefan Oppl, Peter Peherstorfer, Wolfgang Bittner, Ali Owrak et al.
      Pages 171-198
    3. Nikolay Mehandjiev, Hamideh Afsarmanesh, Luis M. Camarinha-Matos, Lea Kutvonen, Alex Norta
      Pages 199-241
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Paul Grefen, Nikolay Mehandjiev, Georg Weichhart, Kurt Fessl
      Pages 245-251
    3. Paul Grefen, Rik Eshuis, Alex Norta
      Pages 253-264

About this book


Dynamic Business Process Formation fuses practical needs with theoretical input to present important research innovations in supporting Instant Virtual Enterprises (IVEs). This new organization type brings a combination of business dynamism and explicit business process structure to domains where on-the-fly formation of well-organized business networks is required to deal with the complexity of new products or services under high time pressure.

This book contains the main results of the IST CrossWork project, and, importantly, looks beyond the boundaries of this project and sources input from related projects and general trends in collaborative enterprises and the automotive industry.

Both the business and technical aspects of Virtual Enterprise coordination are covered within the modular structure of the book, which enables readers from different backgrounds to benefit from the book according to their interests.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nikolay Mehandjiev
    • 1
  • Paul Grefen
    • 2
  1. 1.Manchester Business SchoolUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology Management, Section Quality of Products & ProcessesEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenNetherlands

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